medical examination positions

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Anatomical position

Used for posture and movements

Dorsal recumbent position

Used for digital vaginal or rectal exams. Gown is opened in the front. both feet should be flat on the table, knees flexed

Horizontal recumbent/Supine position

Used to exams of breasts/abdominal organs/hemmoroids. Lying flat on the table, with legs together, hands at sides of body.

Sims' position

Examination/treatment of the rectal area & enemas. Turned on left side, right leg drawn up high & forward, left arm along back and chest forward. Gown open in back

Prone position

Examination of the spine/back. On the stomach, head to one side, hands underneath the head, gown open in back

Lithotomy position

Pap smears. On back, legs flexed on abdomen, ffet in stirups, thighs apart. Gown open in back.

High-Fowler's position

Used for respiratory or cardiovascular problems. On back, head raised 90 ⁹ angle, knees elevated

Semi-Fowler's position

Used with respiratory or cardiovascular problems. On back, head elevated to a 45⁹ angle

Knee-chest/Genupectoral position

Rectal exams, proctological exams and occasionally a sigmoidoscopy. Hands folded under head, chest down to the table, knees separated. gown open in the back

Modified Trendelenburg position

Used for syncope, and used with a manual table.

Jackknife position

Used for examine of the male urethra. Has to be a special table for this position.

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