Spinal Positioning

Positioning the Patient: Patient is positioned in prone with head in neutral position and aligned with spine. Arms are brought down and forward and placed on armboards near head. Arms are flexed at the elbow with hands pronated. Chest and abdomen are raised. Knees are flexed slightly, toes are raised and pointed down.
Pressure Concerns: Orbits, optic nerve, cheek, ear, brachial plexus, thorax, breasts (female), abdomen, iliac crest, genitalia (male), patellae, shins, toes
Common Surgical Procedures: Laminectomy, decompression, disc

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  1. Positioning the Patient for Surgery
  2. AORN Guideline Essentials: Positioning the Patient
  3. AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
  4. The Ideal Patient Positioning in Spine Surgery: A Preventative Strategy
  5. The Prone Position During Surgery and its Complications: A Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines