The translator in the operating room – the positions of the patient

Translation of medical texts, as well as the interpretation of events related to medicine, can be an example of a job that normally we hearsay, we translate concepts from a field that only a chosen few have the opportunity to step on, touch, smell, and what we like, discuss with professionals in the field.

We know that there are medical translation Eminences who were physicians before translators, as Fernando a. Navarro, but if we were cooks before monks, there are few occasions in which we have the opportunity to enter into an operating room and know of first-hand how really is that world.

On this occasion we have cast a translator in an operating room. Quiet, that we have failed to switch to another patient and they will not remove anything, or trocar cannulas and endoscopes will walk by your body… even you. But if we have asked you to be set up in what are the most common positions in which medical personnel placed the sick for intervention.

This is the message that has sent us and we share with you:

«Dear friends of Trágora and translators from all over the world:»

Following your requests I managed to sneak me in the operating room of the Bovidae referral hospital where, in a single day, I have seen more positions on the couch than in all Kamasutra. The different postures in which is placed the patient served to facilitate the surgical technique and avoid complications. The choice of the most suitable position requires a deep knowledge of human anatomy, the consequences of each position, equipment that will be used during the procedure, knowing the functions that the various members will play that make up the surgery team and take into account what state the patient is located. 

I have seen that the positioning of the patient may be performed before or after anesthesia; so that intervention can be necessary for a interpreter to explain to the patient, still conscious, how should be placed in the table ofoperations. As a nurse told me, tend to prefer placing the sick once anesthetized (apparently is not because they want to avoid us performers) but this implies some risks because the patient may not report pain or possible discomfort to the position can cause, as fractures by decubitus ulcers, nerve injuries…).

 1 position decubitus prone position (or ventral). [Prone position] 

In this position the patient rests on the table upside down, with head surrounded or resting on a support system that is added to the table. It is the position posed more problems for difficult placement and the physiological effects that may involve, besides that it precludes the anaesthetist for respiratory tract management.