Safe and Effective care EnvironmentA 6-year-old boy is returned to his room following a tonsillectomy. He remains sleepy from the anesthesia but is easily awakened. The nurse should place the child in which of the following positions?
Side-lying.-question: what is the best position after tonsillectomy to help with drainage of oral secretions? strategy: picture the patient as described. (a) sims on side with top knee flexed and thigh drawn up to chest and lower knee less sharply flexed: used for vaginal or rectal examination (b) side-lying correct: most effective to facilitate drainage of secretions from the mouth and pharynx; reduces possibility of airway obstruction. (c) supine increased risk for aspiration, would not facilitate drainage of oral secretions (d) prone risk for airway obstruction and aspiration, unable to observe the child for signs of bleeding such as increased swallowing