c. If the patient's trunk must lie flatter than the neck and head:
The patient should have only one pillow to support the head and neck.
The patient may have a pillow placed under the legs to prevent pressure
on the heels.
4-13. COMMON POSITIONS UTILIZED FOR THE ADULT PATIENT
a. Placing the Adult Patient in the Supine Position (see figure 4-2).
(b) Positioning aids as indicated.
Wash your hands.
(3) Approach and identify the patient (by checking the identification band)
and explain the procedure (using simple terms and pointing out the benefits).
Provide privacy throughout the procedure.
Position the bed.
(a) Place the bed in a flat or level position at working height, unless
(b) Lower the side rails on the proximal side (as necessary).
Move the patient from a lateral (side) position to a supine position.
(a) For the patient on his side, remove supportive pillows.
(b) Fold top bedding back to the hips, being careful to avoid any undue
exposure of the patient's body.
(c) With one hand on the patient's shoulder and one on the hip, roll his
body in one piece (like a log) over onto his back.
Align the patient's body in good position.
(a) Head, neck, and spine are in a straight line.