The nurse is caring for a 9-year-old boy who presented to the ED after a penetrating injury from a BB gun. The client is diagnosed with a hyphema. The nurse proceeds to place the client in which position?

  • flat in bed
  • semi-Fowler’s
  • Trendelenburg’s
  • lateral on the unaffected side
Number 2 is correct.
The client should be in a semi-Fowler’s position to keep the hyphema away from the cornea’s optical center. Positioning the client flat in bed or in Trendelenburg’s increases pressure on the site. The lateral position should be avoided until after the hyphema resolves.