Peripheral nerve injuries can occur during any type of surgery. They can occur for many reasons: faulty equipment, improper positioning — and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. A team approach helps to prevent peripheral nerve injuries during surgery. The perioperative team caring for surgical patients before, during, and after surgery and nonsurgical procedures, such as endoscopy, must understand proper positioning techniques to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.
The goal of this program is to provide the perioperative team with information about proper positioning of the patient undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures with an emphasis on avoiding intraoperative nerve damage to the upper extremity. After studying the information here, you will be able to —
- Identify the areas of the upper extremities at highest risk for developing position-related nerve damage during operative or other invasive procedures.
- Discuss the collaborative efforts of the perioperative nurse, anesthesia provider, assisting personnel, and surgeon required for patient positioning.
- Describe the interventions required to avoid intraoperative nerve injury.
- List five primary mechanisms for perioperative neuropathies.
- Describe the most common upper extremity injuries.
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.00 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.
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