High Fowler's position

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Upright at 90 degrees is full or high Fowler's position. Other Fowler's positions are tilted back.

The High Fowler's position is a position in which a patient, typically in a hospital, is placed when the head of the bed needs to be elevated as high as possible. The upper half of the patient's body is between 60 degrees and 90 degrees in relation to the lower half of their body. The legs of the patient may be straight or bent.This position is also required postoperatively for pneumonectomy patients.[1] This position is known colloquially as "sitting".


This position is frequently used when feeding a patient (especially one on feeding precautions), for radiology, needing to take a specific type of x-ray at the bedside, (at times) when a breathing treatment is being given to the patient, when the patient is having difficulty breathing, for dependent drainage after abdominal surgery, grooming, etc.

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