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Protect Patients in Steep Trendelenburg
Risks of complications go up as soon as the patient's head goes down.
Kendal Gapinski | Contributing Editor
Publish Date: September 13, 2021   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
ACUTE ANGLE The Trendelenburg position significantly increases intracranial and intraocular pressure, which can lead to adverse outcomes — even in healthy patients.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer
A lot can go wrong when patients are placed in steep Trendelenburg. This high-risk position has many well-known dangers, such as shearing injuries that occur when patients slide down the surface of the table, as well as many lesser-known risks, such as detached retinas or postoperative blindness caused by increased intraocular pressure. When placing patients in the head-down position, implement whatever measures are necessary to protect them from harm. Fortunately, there are several straightforward steps you can take to reduce the risks of injuries and complications.
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