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One of the great faults in technic of all operating rooms has been the necessity of lifting a patient from the bed to the ward carriage, thence to the operating table, thence back to the carriage, and back to bed again. This involves an entirely needless amount of work and energy on the part of the operating room personnel, and, besides, is deleterious to both the patient and the nurses, on whom most of the burden falls. It is always desirable to avoid unnecessary disturbance of the patient before and after any operation, but especially after such operations as bone plating, fracture, upper abdominal surgery, and any operation requiring drainage.
All this cumbersome method of repeated lifting is necessitated by every form of operating table in use today. These methods have in no way changed since the beginning of operating room technic, and we felt that such medieval methods should
Hirst JC, Van Dolsen WW. A NEW OPERATION TABLE, DESIGNED TO AVOID ALL LIFTING OF THE PATIENT. JAMA. 1923;81(13):1098–1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510130001009
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