Patient positioning post hypophysectomy?

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This question showed up on a study guide for my upcoming endcrinology exam. I record the lectures and have listened to them all and cannot find where we talked about this. Anyone know?

If I had to guess I would say HOB up at least 30 degrees at all times to reduce risk of bleeding since this is usually done trans-sphenoidally. Just a guess tho...

Daytonite, BSN, RN

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page 173, nurse's 5-minute clinical consult: treatments in a section specifically on hypophysectomy (excision of all or part of the pituitary gland). . .on posttreatment care it states: "elevate the head of the bed to facilitate drainage and reduce swelling."

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