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Patient positioning for surgery 

Patient positioning for surgery
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Patient positioning for surgery
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10.1093/med/9780199239641.003.0017
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date: 27 September 2021

Principles for selecting patient position 326

Supine and Trendelenberg positions 328

Lloyd-Davies and lithotomy positions 330

Lateral and prone positions 332

The selection of the position of the patient on the operating table will depend on the type of surgery that is to be undertaken, so that access to the part of the body is maximised for the surgeon while making it possible for the anaesthetist to deliver a safe anaesthetic and monitor the patient. Most important is that the patient is safe on the operating table and that no harm is done to them while they are moved on or off the operating table and positioned for the procedure....

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