Different surgical positions and their safety considerations


There are various type of positions in which the patient may be positioned during surgery include supine, prone, trendelenburg, reverse trendelenburg, lithotomy, sitting, lateral, and Jacknife position.

There are ways to protect patients when placing them in one of four basic positions for surgery or other procedures. Safety considerations may also apply to variations of these positions, which include Trendelenburg (supine), reverse Trendelenburg (supine), modified Fowler’s (reverse Trendelenburg), and Kraske (prone).

Source: Association of Operating Room Nurses. (2005). Recommended practices for positioning the patient in the perioperative practice setting. 2005 standards, recommended practices, and guidelines. Denver: AORN Inc.