Lateral Positioning

Positioning the Patient: Patient is positioned on non-operative side with the head elevated to align with the spine. Upper and lower arms are secured on separate, parallel armboards in front of the patient. Both arms are abducted. Upper leg is straight and dependent leg is flexed at the hip and knee.
Pressure Concerns: Side of face and ear, acromion process, axilla, olecranon, iliac crest, greater trochanter, lateral knee, malleolus, feet
Common Surgical Procedures: Thorax, kidney, retroperitoneal, hip

AliGel Lateral Head Pad
AliLite Prone/Lateral Positioner
AliBlue Full Length Surface Overlay
VeriClean Table Straps
Foot Pedal Mayo Stand
Reusable Armboard Straps
AliBlue Armboard Pad
Pivoting Armboard
AliBlue Knee Crutch Pad
AliBlue Heel Cup
AliGel Heel Protector Pad

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Patient Positioning Videos


  1. Positioning the Patient for Surgery
  2. AORN Guideline Essentials: Positioning the Patient
  3. AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice