c. Fowler's Position. Used to promote drainage or ease breathing. Head rest is
adjusted to desired height and bed is raised slightly under patient's knees
Figure 1-3. Fowler's position.
d. Dorsal Lithotomy Position. Used for examination of pelvic organs. Similar to
dorsal recumbent position, except that the patient's legs are well separated and thighs are
acutely flexed. Feet are usually placed in stirrups. Fold sheet or bath blanket crosswise
over thighs and legs so that genital area is easily exposed. Keep patient covered as much
Figure 1-4. Dorsal lithotomy position.
e. Prone Position. Used to examine spine and back. Patient lies on abdomen
with head turned to one side for comfort. Arms may be above head or alongside body.
Cover with sheet or bath blanket.
NOTE: An unconscious patient, or one with an abdominal incision or breathing difficulty
usually cannot lie in this position.
Figure 1-5. Prone position.