Fundamentals Question #51


In which position should a client with an ischemic stroke be placed?


  1. HOB should be 30-45 degrees
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  2. HOB flat with client in midline.
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  3. Flat supine with arms above head
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  4. Prone with pillow under abdomen
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The correct option is B. The position with the HOB flat with the client midline facilitates venous drainage and encourages arterial blood flow. The HOB at a 30 to 45 degree angle is the position for a hemorrhagic stroke which is used to decrease intracranial pressure. The flat supine position with the arms placed above the head is the position for a lung biopsy. The prone position with a pillow under the abdomen is a position for a renal biopsy.

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