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QOD 84: Best Patient Position to assess Posterior Lung Sounds (Respiratory/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

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A nurse needs to assess a patients back and listen to posterior lung sounds. In which position would it be most appropriate to place this patient?


D.  High Fowler’s


To assess the back and listen to posterior lung sounds, the nurse should place the client in the high Fowler’s position. In this position, the patient is sitting up with the head of the bed at a 90-degree angle. The high Fowler’s position is used for performing an assessment that would require the patient to sit up, such as the face and head, chest, and back.

Date Published - May 5, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 13, 2016