Turning patients over in bed
Changing a patient's position in bed every 2 hours helps keep blood flowing. This helps the skin stay healthy and prevents bedsores.
Turning a patient is a good time to check the skin for redness and sores.
Roll patients in bed
Getting a Patient Ready
The following steps should be followed:
If you are turning the patient onto the stomach, make sure the person's bottom hand is above the head first.
Turning a Patient
The following steps should be followed when turning a patient:
You may need to repeat steps 3 and 4 until the patient is in the right position.
When the Patient is in the Right Position
The following steps should be followed to make sure the patient is in the right position:
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