(b) Lower hands to the distal shoulder and hip and pull them toward
self to stabilize the patient in the lateral position.
Align the patient's body in good position.
(a) Ensure the patient is not lying on his/her arm.
(b) Head, neck, and back are in a straight line.
Legs are parallel with knees slightly flexed.
(d) Uppermost arm may be flexed across patient's abdomen or
supported on his/her body and hip.
(10) Support the body in good alignment for comfort.
(a) Place a pillow under the patient's head and neck to prevent muscle
strain and maintain alignment.
(b) Put a pillow under the uppermost leg so that it is supported from the
knee to the foot.
(c) Place another pillow firmly against the patient's abdomen to support
the back and hips in better alignment, if necessary.
(d) You may want to use a pillow to support the back.
1 Place a pillow lengthwise along the back.
2 Tuck one edge under the side.
3 Roll the remainder of the pillow under (toward the bed surface).
4 Tuck the pillow firmly against the back.
(e) You may also want to use a pillow to support the knee.
1 Place a pillow between the knees.
2 Bend the upper knee to provide stability.
(11) Provide for the patient's comfort and safety.
(a) Replace the bedding neatly.