Avoiding pressure sores at the back of the head, at the shoulder blades, the coccyx and the heels are just as much a priority in preparing the operating table as positioning the patient so as to protect the nerves in the following steps. In the case of longer procedures or for intensive care patients with long stays in hospital, these are the parts of the body where bedsores can occur. The sequence in which protective and positioning materials are used to cover the operating table is directly related to care, safety and the operative procedure. Negligence in preparing the operating table and incorrectly performed positioning procedures will have a negative effect on the patient already during the operation.

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