A client is scheduled for a colposcopy. The nurse assists the client into which position?

  1. Sim’s position
  2. supine position, with the head of the bed elevated 15 degrees
  3. left-side-lying position, knees to chest
  4. lithotomy position
Number 4 is correct.
Rationale: A colposcopy is a painless gynecological procedure, usually done after an abnormal pap smear. The client is placed in a lithotomy position, and a colposcope is used to view the cervix with a bright light. The other positions do not offer the best position to facilitate the medical procedure.