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QOD 21: Hypovolemic Shock and Proper Position (Cardiac/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

Answer:

D. Supine with the legs elevated

Rationale: 

The most appropriate position for the patient in shock is to have him lie supine with the legs elevated. This position promotes venous return from the lower extremities so that blood can flow back to the heart; the cardiovascular system does not have to work as hard and blood can be shunted to central organs until the patient receives appropriate treatment.

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