Fundamentals Question #53


The nurse is preparing the client for a lumbar puncture. What position is appropriate after the procedure?


  1. Trendelenburg
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  2. High-Fowler with head tilted forward
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  3. Sim’s position
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  4. Supine
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The correct option is D. After a lumbar puncture, the client needs to lie flat for 4-12 hour afterwards. The high-Fowler position with the head tilted forward is used for postural drainage and other health problems. The Trendelenburg position is used for nasogastric tube insertion. The Sim’s position is used for administering an enema.

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