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decubitus

 [de-ku´bĭ-tus] (pl. decu´bitus) (L.)
1. the act of lying down.
2. the position assumed in lying down.
3. obsolete term for pressure ulcer. adj., adj decu´bital.
Andral's decubitus decubitus on the affected side, a position assumed in the early stages of pleurisy.
dorsal decubitus lying on the back.
lateral decubitus lying on one side, designated right lateral decubitus when the subject lies on the right side and left lateral decubitus when on the left side.
ventral decubitus lying on the stomach.

de·cu·bi·tus

(dē-kyū'bi-tŭs), The correct plural of this word is decubitus, not decubiti.
1. The position of the patient in bed; for example, dorsal decubitus, lateral decubitus.
2. Sometimes used in referring to a decubitus ulcer.
[L. decumbo, to lie down]

decubitus

/de·cu·bi·tus/ (de-ku´bĭ-tus) pl. decu´bitus   [L.]
1. an act of lying down; the position assumed in lying down.
2. decubitus ulcer.decu´bital

dorsal decubitus  lying on the back.
lateral decubitus  lying on one side, designated right lateral d. when the subject lies on the right side and left lateral d. when he lies on the left side.
ventral decubitus  lying on the stomach.

decubitus

[dikyo̅o̅′bitəs]
Etymology: L, decumbere, to lie down
a recumbent or horizontal position, as lateral decubitus, lying on one side.

de·cu·bi·tus

(dē-kyū'bi-tŭs)
1. The position of the patient in bed; e.g., dorsal decubitus, lateral decubitus.
See also: decubitus film
2. Sometimes used in referring to a decubitus ulcer.
[L. decumbo, to lie down]

decubitus

The reclining position.

de·cu·bi·tus

(dē-kyū'bi-tŭs)
1. The position of the patient in bed; e.g., dorsal decubitus.
2. Sometimes refers to a decubitus ulcer.
[L. decumbo, to lie down]

decubitus

pl. decubitus.
1. the act of lying down; the position assumed in lying down.
2. a decubitus ulcer.

dorsal decubitus
lying on the back.
lateral decubitus
lying on one side, designated right lateral decubitus when the subject lies on the right side and left lateral decubitus when it lies on the left side.
decubitus ulcer
an ulcer due to local interference with the circulation; called also pressure sore. The ulcer usually occurs over a bony prominence such as that of the sacrum, hip, heel, shoulder or elbow. Excessive or prolonged pressure produced by the weight of the body or limb is the primary cause.
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Decubitus ulcer on the elbow of a dog. Bypermission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery,Saunders, 2002
ventral decubitus
lying on the stomach.

Patient discussion about decubitus

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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