Luncheon and Presentation: Patient Positioning Safety: What Happens When Things Go Wrong?

Mon. September 17| 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Grand Ballroom AB

After this session you’ll be able to:

1. Identify recurrent causes of OR acquired positioning injuries and preventative measures to implement.
2. Describe the medical and legal implications of documenting and maintaining the patient positioning competency of caregivers.
3. Explain how the dividends of time spent researching, evaluating, and adopting new positioning technologies will come in the form of reduced risks and improved efficiencies.
4. Understand the ways in which liability may be distributed amongst your team when there is a complication.

Why this is important:

Patient positioning injuries in the operating room are an avoidable negative patient safety outcome, yet data shows the incidence of OR acquired injury has not been reduced. Industry offers new innovations and generational improvements in technology every year, many of which have been shown to significantly reduce patient risk. Surgical patients continue to suffer positioning and pressure related injuries, with many finding that the aftermath of their injury, pain, suffering, loss of employment and reduced quality of life warrants litigation.

Join this valuable discussion between Dan Allen and Clare Tager as they share their experiences in understanding the subsequent and often complex series of events that occur leading up to something going wrong. They will review a “what happens next” scenario and describe how fault and liability can be proportioned among all staff members and the way this impacts their lives in addition to that of the patient. You’ll leave prepared to create and institute a comprehensive patient positioning competency program in your facility to protect your team from injury related liability.


Track: ASC/Outpatient Track, CE Programs Presented by Exhibitors, Clinical Track, General Interest Track, Leadership/Administration Track, Networking Opportunities, New Manager Track, OR Business Management Track, Trending Topics Track

Registration Type: All Access Pass, OR Manager Conference Only

Session Sponsor

Sponsored by D.A. Surgical


Clare Tager

Clare Tager


High Country Medical

Role: Speaker

R. Dan Allen

R. Dan Allen

Founder and President

D. A. Surgical

Role: Speaker