How to turn a patient in bed alone
When turning a patient, make sure the head and neck are in line with the spine, not stretched forward, back, or to the side. Return the bed to a comfortable position with the side rails up. Check with the patient to make sure the patient is comfortable. Use pillows as needed behind the back and between the knees.
Turning the Patient on Their Side Gently pull the drawsheet towards you while your buddy gently pushes the person’s hip and shoulder towards you. Place a pillow or a foam wedge under the drawsheet at the person’s back. Position the pillow close against the back to help prop the person on her side.
Steps of bed making procedure –
Changing a patient’s position in bed every 2 hours helps keep blood flowing. This helps the skin stay healthy and prevents bedsores.
Raise the knees of the bed up (if no contraindications exist to doing this) prior to raising the head. This will create a groove for the patient’s buttocks to rest in and help prevent sliding.
The median durations of bedridden status were 2 years and 3 months among those at home and 3 months among inpatients. The proportion of subjects bedridden for less than 6 months was greater among inpatients (p < 0.0001).
– Slide sheets are designed to assist in the transfer of patients from one surface to another. – Also known as patient transfer sheets, slide sheets are commonly used for the smooth and simple movement of patients from one bed to another.
Creating a Comfortable Environment
Put one foot forward as you prepare to move the patient. Put your weight on your back leg. On the count of three, move the patient by shifting your weight to your front leg and pulling the sheet toward the head of the bed. You may need to do this more than once to get the person in the right position.
Bed bound residents should be repositioned at least every two hours.