g. Have all lab slips and x-ray slips ready with the patient's name, rank, social
security number, date, and other required information.
h. Assist the patient to assume the proper position for each part of the examination
(see figures 1-1 to 1-7). To provide continuing privacy, be sure to adjust the drapes each
time the patient assumes a different position. If the patient is asked to stand erect, place
paper towels on the floor or have the patient put on slippers.
i. Hand instruments and supplies to the physician. Properly label and care for all
See that the patient is returned safely to his room and is comfortable.
k. Place all instruments in the proper area for disinfection or sterilization and
dispose of all wastes. Wash your hands again. See that the examination room is cleaned.
Decontaminate the room if necessary. Change the cover on the tables. Replace all
POSITIONING A PATIENT FOR EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT
Patients are put in special positions for examination, for treatment or test, and to
obtain specimens. You should know the positions used, how to assist the patient, and
how to adjust the drapes.
a. Horizontal Recumbent Position. Used for most physical examinations.
Patient is on his back with legs extended. Arms may be above the head, alongside the
body or folded on the chest.
Figure 1-1. Horizontal recumbent position.
b. Dorsal Recumbent Position. Patient is on his back with knees flexed and
soles of feet flat on the bed. Fold sheet once across the chest. Fold a second sheet
crosswise over the thighs and legs so that genital area is easily exposed.
Figure 1-2. Dorsal recumbent position.