POSITIONS USED BY NURSES IN NURSING OF PATIENTS
The different positions are used in nursing of clients so as to create appropriate body posture in caring for the patient. In some positions there might be need for supportive aid in order to maintain correct alignment and ensure comfort.
The back of the head rests flat on the bed or on a pillow.
The head and the shoulders are slightly elevated with a pillow. The legs lay flat against the bed. The hips and knees may be flexed.
The body rests on a flat bed with the anterior of the body on the bed surface. The face points towards the bed with the head resting on the ear.
The body rests on the arm closet to the bed and flexed. The hips and legs are also flexed, to provide a broader base of support for the body stability.
It is a sitting position. The client rests on the bed with the upper body elevated. The patient sits at an angle of 90°. The height of the head varies depending on the client’s physical need.
It is semi-prone with the client on the side with arm knee and thigh of the opposite side flexed and resting on the bed.
USES OFSIMS POSITION:
Client lies flat in either prone or supine alignment on an inclined surface with the feet elevated above the level of the head. The bed is positioned mechanically so that the mattress remains flat but the head of the bed is inclined lower than the foot of the bed.
USES OF TRENDELENBERG POSITION:
Some like the Trendelenburg except for the feet being lower that the head.
USES OF REVERSE TRENDELENBURG:
The client sits on the side of the bed with the feet dangling over its edge. Often this clients needs support to remain sitting upright by leaning against an over bed table (Cardiac table).
USES OF DANGLING POSTION : When a client had laid on a horizontal place for some time vertigo may result. Hence, he dangles at the bedside for some time before getting out of bed or walking.