A nurse is preparing to administer an enema to a 9-year-old with severe constipation. Which of the following patient positions should be used?

Sim's

Explanation

•Sim's position, or left lateral recumbent, is the preferred position for administering an enema because it uses gravity to help the fluid move through the curve of the colon. It is also used for per rectal exams.

•In Sim's position, the patient's left leg is straightened and the right leg is flexed at the hip and knee, providing stability.

•Incorrect:

•Supine, prone, and Trendelenburg positions are not appropriate for administering enemas.

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