A patient has just been admitted to the surgical nursing unit after a thyroidectomy. What position would be best for this particular patient?


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- Semi-Fowler's

- Orthopneic

- Supine

- Prone


Semi-Fowler's is the best position after this surgery. The patient is sitting upright, able to breathe well, and no pressure is being placed on the incision. Lying flat (supine) would add presure to the surgical site due to gravity. Orthopneic is unncessary, and prone (on the stomach) would not enable the nurse to visualize the incision in addition to the added pressure.

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