A 32-year-old male client has just undergone a liver biopsy and is released to the post-op floor for observation. The nurse should have the client lie in what position?

  1. semi-Fowler’s
  2. on his right side
  3. supine
  4. on his left side
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: The client will need to lie on his right side for several hours after the liver biopsy to reduce the chance of bleeding. The other positions increase the risk for bleeding.