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A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
SAFETY IN THE OPERATING ROOM
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2006 October;57(5):463-9
Locating of the patient on the operating Table
Indelicato G. A.
Ospedale Maggiore C.A. Pizzardi, Bologna
Recent legislation permits nurses wider autonomy and responsibility in nursing care. The operating room nurse is a health care professional who works within a complex organization, interacting with other health workers in sharing and planning organizational and care procedures through which job-specific responsibilities and functions are defined. The article examines organizational and care processes in the operating room, specifically, the care pathway in the operating suite, focusing on the phase of patient positioning on the operating table in preparation for other health workers to intervene. The aims of correct positioning and the factors predisposing to postural injuries are discussed, analyzing the etiopathogenesis they cause, the incidence of injury compared with pre-existing pathologies and in relation to the anesthesic depth induced.