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Patient positioning for eye surgery 

Patient positioning for eye surgery
Patient positioning for eye surgery

Tom Eke

and Howard Palte

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date: 25 January 2021

Introduction 354

Standard positioning 356

Procedures requiring non-standard positioning 358

Patient's conditions requiring non-standard positioning 358

Positioning strategies for non-standard cases 358

Extreme positioning strategies 360

Specific anaesthesia issues 364

Conclusion 366

Key reading 366

Positioning of the patient is be dictated by the type of operation proposed, the type of anaesthesia needed, the requirements of the surgeon (surgical access and ease), and the comfort of the patient. Supine position is standard. Traditionally, eye surgery has used a flat bed or trolley, but reclining surgical chairs (evolved from traditional ‘dentist's chairs’) are now common....

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