Medical Body Positions

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Positions patients are placed in for treatment, examination, or surgery.

Supine

Patient laying flat on back with knees straight and arms at sides

Prone

Patient laying flat on stomach with knees straight, arms can be either under head or at sides

Dorsal Recumbent

Patient laying on back with knees bent and feet flat on the examination table

Lithotomy

Patient laying on back with knees bent, thighs apart, and feet in stirrups

Knee-chest

Patient face down with head, chest, and knees on examination table, knees bent with rear end up in the air

Sims' (aka Left Lateral Position)

Patient lying on left side with left arm behind back, right hip and knee flexed.

Trendelenburg

Patient lies supine at angle with head lower than trunk, knees bent

Modified Trendelenburg

Patient lies supine at an angle with head lower than trunk, knees straight

Sitting

Patient sits upright on examination table with knees bent over table edge, feet may be resting on footrest

Fowler's

Patient sits upright on examination table with legs extended, trunk at a 90-degree angle with back supported. Knees may be elevated.

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