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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

decubitus

The reclining position.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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In minimal pneumothorax, opposite lateral decubitus view is the preferred investigation over PA view expiratory film.
Low-dose hypobaric 0.15% bupivacaine, administered at 1 m1.15 [s.sup.-1] through a 27 gauge Quincke needle to a patient in the lateral decubitus position, blocked only the uppermost lower limb in 90%, 80% and 75% of those receiving 4.5, 6 and 7.5 mg, confirming that unilateral distribution of drug is influenced by the mass of the drug injected in the subarachnoid space.
showed that longitudinal traction of the shoulder with the patient in the lateral decubitus position placed strain on many of the nerves in the upper extremity, including the median nerve [16].
The lateral decubitus position was used for all thirty five patients in our study.
Abnormal radiographic findings that suggest AFA include Asymmetry in lung expansion, mediastinal shift, obstructive emphysema, opacification, atelectasis, consolidation, or finding a radiopaque foreign body.3 Chest radiograph is normal in approximately 30-50% of patients with bronchial and in up to 80% of cases with laryngotracheal foreign body aspiration.3,5 Expiratory and inspiratory CXR if the patient is cooperative or right and left lateral decubitus in young patients can help the clinician to find the differential air trapping in the two lungs.6
Surgery was carried out via a high posterolateral incision (using the skin incision made during chest surgery) with the patient in the lateral decubitus position (Figure 3).
The patient was put in a lateral decubitus (operative side on dependent side) for unilateral spinal anaesthesia.
They were placed in the left lateral decubitus position and the ultrasound probe was inserted transrectally.
This was performed with the patient in the left lateral decubitus position.
If possible, the patient should be placed in the left lateral decubitus position.
It is further complicated if the child has to be put in lateral decubitus position with single lung ventilation.
Posterolateral thoracotomy was then performed for reconstruction of the lower part of the trachea in the lateral decubitus position.

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