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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]

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]

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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The evidence with regard to the effects of different body positions on cardiac output is conflicting;[17] however, the left lateral decubitus position can decrease compression of the IVC and increase venous return and thus be a reasonable option for temporary relief from a critical hemodynamic state in a patient with increased abdominal pressure or a potentially obstructive mass close to the IVC.
In minimal pneumothorax, opposite lateral decubitus view is the preferred investigation over PA view expiratory film.
The lateral decubitus also causes a few degrees of lateral translation to the side on which the person is lying.
Based on these findings, we recommend surveillance biopsies of long-standing sacral decubitus ulcers in patients found to have hypercalcemia and elevated PTHrP with no known malignancy.
In this case, the facility staff and physician should have suspected that they were dealing with a MRSA infection when the decubitus ulcer did not improve (despite interventions) and from the mere fact that the woman was a known carrier.
With standard left lateral decubitus positioning, the investigators were able to visualize 62% of vertebral bodies from T4 to L5.
Using design features and custom manufacturing techniques called seating orthotics, Tamarack researchers have had excellent results decreasing the incidence of decubitus ulcers.
MATERIALS & METHODS: One hundred patients of utero-vaginal prolapse with decubitus ulcer were studied.
La NLPC est conventionnellement realisee en position de decubitus ventral, position pour laquelle l'efficacite et la securite ont ete demontrees.
* A combination of the Mega Soft patient return electrode technology with an OR table pressure reduction pad made with Akton[R] Polymer, effective in reducing direct pressure, shear and friction which contribute to the formation of decubitus ulcers.
The tub liner can be used with residents with severe decubitus, burns, skin allergies, skin sensitivities, proctology issues, etc.