Sims' position

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The Sims' position, named after the American surgical pioneer James Marion Sims (1813-1883), is a position usually used for rectal examination, temperature taking, treatments and enemas. It is performed by having a patient lie on their left side, left leg extended and right leg flexed.

Detailed description[edit]

The position is described as follows:

  1. Patient lies on their left side.
  2. Patient's left leg is extended behind their back.
  3. The patient's right leg is brought forward.

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