The nurse is positioning a patient after undergoing a myelography using a water-soluble contrast dye. The patient should be placed in which position?

Head of bed at 30 degrees

Explanation

• Myelography is a procedure requiring contrast dye that is used to detect pathology of the spinal cord, such as a spinal cord injury, cysts, and tumors

• When water soluble dye is used, the head of bed should be elevated to decrease the upward movement of the dye

• Supine or flat head of bed are used with oil-based dye

• Trendelenberg is used with air contrast dye

• Lateral recumbent is not used after myelography

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