Standardising Optimised Prone Positioning the Simple Way with the CS Easy Prone

Posted 2 February 2024

In any surgical procedure patient position is a primary indication in predicting long and short-term patient outcomes. Among the myriad of risks associated with surgery, pressure-related injuries pose a significant threat to patients’ recovery, potentially leading to nerve damage, pressure sores, tissue damage and prolonged recovery times. Advancements in medical technology and understanding have paved the way for innovative solutions aimed at mitigating these risks and enhancing surgical outcomes through improved positioning aids and standardized techniques. One such aid is the CS Easy Prone; a two piece system designed to support the chest and pelvis of patients of varying size and stature optimally during surgery for enhanced comfort and safety, thus reducing the incidence of pressure-related injuries.

The Risk of Pressure-Related Injuries

Pressure-related injuries, including nerve damage and pressure sores, can arise from prolonged periods of immobility and inadequate positioning during surgery. These injuries occur when external pressure restricts blood flow to specific areas of the body leading to tissue damage and, in severe cases, irreversible complications.

Nerve damage from prolonged pressure can result in numbness, tingling, and/or loss of sensation in affected areas that in some instances can become permanent or lead to paralysis.

Likewise, pressure sores pose a significant concern. These painful wounds develop when continuous pressure on the skin hampers blood flow, causing tissue breakdown and ulceration. Pressure sores not only prolong recovery times but also increase the risk of infection and other post-operative complications, thereby impeding patients’ overall healing process. Typically the length of the surgery, patient position and patient weight are contributing factors to the overall risk to the patient of sustaining severe or permanent injury, with the prone position in particular posing a comparatively higher risk of severe complications- in worst cases vision loss and limb paralysis are amongst the reported incidents.

Introducing the CS Easy Prone: A Simplified Approach to Standardising Tailored Prone Positioning

Solutions such as the Montreal Mattress and various chest and pelvic cushions initially emerged due to the critical need for patient safety and comfort during prone surgery. Increasingly innovative solutions such as the bow frame have since been developed to allow the patients position to be adjusted further for a winder range or surgeries, for example to achieve reverse lordosis. However, whilst progress has been in made in standardising positioning, the ‘one size fits all’ approach is quickly losing popularity as standards continue to improve.

Engineered with precision and a patient-centric design, the CS Easy Prone system has been developed to offer a simple, safe, standardised prone positioning solution that optimises positioning for patients of varying size and stature due to its adjustable design.

The CS Easy Prone system features ergonomic components designed to support patients in the in prone position with optimal spinal alignment (natural lordosis), provide even pressure distribution and ensure absence of pressure on areas such as the axillary nerve, neck, genitals and abdomen. Designed in two parts- the chest and pelvic cushions- and available in 3 heights, the system provides clinicians with a tailored solution that allows patients to be positioned optimally for their unique size and stature, therefore reducing risk and facilitating improved surgical outcomes. Additionally, the two-piece design allows for unencumbered movement of the operating table, for example to achieve a reverse lordosis position.

Benefits of the CS Easy Prone

+ Fully radiolucent 

+ Fully sealed cover for infection control

+ Unique shape designed to avoid pressure in the armpit, neck and genital area

+ Allows abdomen to hang freely

+ Can be flexibly adjusted to suit many different body shapes

+ Allows free movement of the operating table 

+ Designed to create a natural lordosis of the spine and support a neutral neckline (when used in combination with a suitable head support system)

In the realm of modern healthcare, safeguarding patient well-being and optimising surgical outcomes stand as central tenets of medical practice. The prevalence of pressure-related injuries, including nerve damage and pressure sores, underscores the critical importance of implementing innovative solutions to enhance patient safety and comfort during surgery.

The CS Easy Prone system offers a comprehensive solution to mitigate the risks associated with pressure-related injuries and optimise surgical outcomes. By prioritising patient comfort, safety, and surgical precision, the CS Easy Prone system exemplifies the potential of medical innovation in improving the quality of care and advancing patient-centric healthcare practices.

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