Patient’s Hip Fractured From Lithotomy Position During Prolonged Surgical Procedure

    Michael Talve, CEO

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    — Updated on December 19, 2016

    This case involves a woman who underwent a hysterectomy procedure that lasted more than four hours. The patient was placed in the lithotomy position for the entire duration of the procedure. The improper placement of the patient in the stirrups, however, resulted in a fracture to her hip.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. What is your experience with cases involving the lithotomy position?

    Expert Witness Response E-000165

    I am an obstetrics board certified nurse and have been practicing for over twenty years as a maternal child nurse. I have significant experience in the OR involving the lithotomy positioning device. I also have a background in healthcare quality and protocol compliance. This would be helpful in determining if the patient was left in the position for a period beyond what would be the accepted standard of care.

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