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This is a discussion on What should be the position of a pediatric client with pneumonia? in PICU Nursing / Pediatric, part of Critical Care Nursing ... Hi everyone! I am studying for NCLEX-RN. I am so confused about below question because the answer...by ygmr6666 Feb 22, '12Hi everyone! I am studying for NCLEX-RN. I am so confused about below question because the answer of this question in the book does not match with what I learnt before. <br>Please help me! Thank you.<br><br>Here is the question;<br><br>What is the best position for a nurse to place a 3 year old child with right lower lobe pneumonia?<br><br>1. on the right side<br>2. on the left side<br>3. supine<br>4. prone
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- Feb 22, '12 by mortegive your answer and rationale.
- Feb 22, '12 by NeoPediRNYou want to position a child on the opposite side from the affected lung, because if you lay them down on that side you are causing further collapse and less air can move through. Laying a child with the affected side up makes it easier for air to move through.
- Feb 22, '12 by ygmr6666I believe that the person with pneumonia should be placed on the affected side to prevent discomfort. This position can splint the area but the answer says the patient should be placed on the opposite side.Thank you.
- Feb 22, '12 by ygmr6666Thanks for your answer. I am confused because Saunders 5. Edition book says the child with pneumonia should be placed on the affected side to splint the chest.
- Feb 22, '12 by NeoPediRNNo, never. You do not splint pneumonia, there is already compromised oxygenation through the lung. A child laying on their affected side may have difficulty keeping their O2 sats up.
- Feb 22, '12 by janfrnHere's a journal article supporting the practice of positioning with the "good" lung down: http://www.ferronfred.eu/files/Physi...l-Patients.pdf
- Feb 23, '12 by ygmr6666Thanks a lot for all of you .