Patient Positioning

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CPD32m of CPD
First Published
Updated17 May 2022
Expires 27 June 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Correct patient positioning is essential for access to the appropriate surgical site. It also facilitates prevention of potential complications for the patient, including intraoperative pressure injuries and haemodynamic instability, and prevents unsafe risks to those handling the patient.

This Course will ensure your knowledge of safe patient positioning is up-to-date, to prevent complications to intraoperative patients undergoing surgery.

  • Why are optimal patient positions intraoperatively so important?
  • How can we identify and prevent pressure injuries?
  • What are the considerations for specific surgical positions?
  • How can we prevent injuries to the handler, including nurses?

There are inherent risks associated with any surgical procedure. Preventing intraoperative complications, such as pressure injuries and haemodynamic instability is a key priority throughout a surgical case.

The provision of care that is underpinned by best-practice is known to reduce the likelihood of harm to patients and adverse events occurring. There is a timely need for nurses to gain new knowledge and have existing knowledge reinforced on how to facilitate and maintain safe patient positioning intraoperatively if harm is to be minimised to the patient and the healthcare worker.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to ensure knowledge of safe patient positioning intraoperatively is up-to-date, to prevent complications to patients undergoing surgery, and health professionals such as nurses working in the intraoperative environment.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify high-risk individuals who may have specific positioning requirements so as to reduce risks associated with undergoing a surgical intervention.
  2. Effectively communicate when the risk to the handler is identified to ensure staff safety is not compromised intraoperatively.
Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to nurses and other healthcare workers working in perioperative environments who are caring for patients undergoing surgical interventions, especially those working intraoperatively.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Suzanne Querruel View profile
Suzanne Querruel is an associate lecturer at Charles Sturt University and a nurse educator with a particular expertise in perianaesthesia nursing. She has taught at a wide variety of tertiary institutions, tutoring and lecturing at the Bachelor of Nursing program for Western Sydney University and coordinating the Westmead Private Hospital anaesthetic program. Suzanne is passionate about advancing the perioperative nursing field.
CPD time32m
First Published
Updated17 May 2022
27 June 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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