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AORN ergonomic tool 2: positioning and repositioning the supine patient on the OR bed.
Waters T; Short M; Lloyd J; Baptiste A; Butler L; Petersen C; Nelson A
AORN J 2011 Apr; 93(4):445-449
Positioning or repositioning a patient on the OR bed in preparation for a surgical procedure presents a high risk for musculoskeletal disorders, such as low-back and shoulder injuries, for perioperative personnel. Safe patient handling requires knowledge of current ergonomic safety concepts, scientific evidence, and equipment and devices to ensure that neither the patient nor the caregiver is at risk for injury. AORN Ergonomic Tool 2: Positioning and Repositioning the Supine Patient on the OR Bed provides guidelines that enable perioperative personnel to determine safe methods for positioning and repositioning a patient in the semi-Fowler, lateral, or lithotomy position in preparation for surgery.
Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-safety-programs; Posture; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Author Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; safe patient handling; perioperative patient positioning; ergonomics; workplace safety
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Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division