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Archive Patient Safety 2009

Proper Positioning for Special Patient Groups

Prepare your staff for the challenges of handling geriatric, bariatric and diabetic patients.

Jay Bowers, RN, BSN, CNOR

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Proper patient positioning improves a surgeon's access to the surgical site, helps anesthesia providers maintain a patient's airway, and keeps those in your care safe and comfortable during procedures. Since sedated patients can't alert your surgical team when they're uncomfortable, your nurses need to identify the causes of pressure ulcers before a case begins, especially when managing the positioning challenges associated with these 3 special patient groups.

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