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Figure 2-5. Lateral recumbent.
Figure 2-6. Fowler's position.
(1)  Position changes provide alternate weight-bearing surfaces to relieve
pressure, improve circulation, and preserve muscle function as different muscle groups
contract and relax.
(2)
No one position will remain comfortable and safe indefinitely.
c. Body Alignment in Bed. Good body alignment can be achieved in any of
the bed rest positions (b above). The following points should be checked.
(1)
Head should be in midline with the trunk.
(2)  Back should be straight, with normal body curves (cervical, thoracic, and
lumbar) maintained.
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