oa South African Family Practice - The beach chair position : refresher course

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



The beach chair or barbershop position is used to facilitate several forms of surgery, by placing the patient in a semi-sitting position. A standard operating table or a special "beach chair" table can be used. Typically the patient is placed in 10° to 15° of Trendelenburg, the hips are flexed to 45° to 90° and the knees are flexed to 30°. The feet are supported with a foot bar to keep the ankles at 90°. The head, neck and torso are supported in a neutral position by straps and or special attachments.

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