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1

What is the supine position?

Patient lying flat, face up

2

What is the prone position?

Patient lying flat, face down

3

What is the left lateral decubitus position?

Patient lying down on his left side

4

What is the right lateral decubitus position?

Patient lying down on his right side

5

What is the lithotomy position?

Patient lying supine with legs spread

6

What is the Trendelenburg position?

Patient supine with head lowered.
Used during placement of a subclavian vein catheter as the veins distend with blood from gravity flow.

7

What is the reverse Trendelenburg position?

Patient supine with head elevated.
Usual position for laparoscopic cholecystectomy to make the intestines fall away from the operative field.

8

What is the best position for a pregnant woman?

Left side down to take gravid uterus off of the IVC