(b) Positioning aids as indicated.
Wash your hands.
Approach and identify the patient and explain the procedure.
Provide for privacy.
Adjust the bed.
(a) Lower the headrest and knee rest so that the bed is in a flat
(b) Raise the bed to working height.
Lower the side rails on the side where you are working.
(d) Fold the top bedding down to the level of the patient's hips, but
avoid undue exposure of the patient's body, which may cause embarrassment.
Position the patient in bed.
(a) If there is room between the end of the mattress and the foot of the
bed, the patient should be moved down in the bed so that his feet extend over the edge
of the mattress.
(b) Remove the footboard if one is present.
Turn the patient onto his side and then onto his stomach.
(a) Roll toward you so you can observe him closely.
(b) Continue to roll until he is on his stomach.
Align the patient in good position.
(a) Head is turned to one side.
(b) Neck and back are in a straight line.
(c) Arms are parallel to the body in a slightly flexed position; or arm on
the same side toward which the head is turned can be flexed sharply at the elbow so
the hand is near the head.
1 Legs are straight.