Positioning a patient in bed is important for maintaining alignment and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers), foot drop, and contractures. To help patients feel comfortable, Proper positioning is priority concern. When positioning a patient in bed, supportive devices such as pillows, rolls, and blankets can ensure the safety and comfortabe. How to Properly Position Bed Bound Patients
Ask for help when you need
Sometimes, you cannot lift it the patient alone. Don’t attempt to lift an individual without the help of at least one other person. You need ask for help from a buddy. They can be your friends, a spouse or a relative. They should be strong enough to help you.
How should you turn a person in bed?
- Cross the person’s arms over his or her chest. This prevents them from getting trapped under his or her body during the turn.
- Stand at the side of the bed, lower the bed rail (if needed), and face the person. Put a pillow between the person’s knees.
- You can ask the person to grab the opposite bed rail. That will help pull himself or herself onto his or her side.
- Roll the edge of the sheet on your side and grab it. Pull the sheet up so the person slowly rolls from their back to their side.
- Use another pillow to prop the person’s arms. most patients are comfortable with the arm on the side they are lying on, propped on a pillow to keep it from being compressed between the body and the bed.
- Smooth the sheets so they are not wrinkled. Pull the bed rail up so it locks in place.
- Help the patient to move into a comfortable resting position in the bed, if needed. If you placed a slide sheet under them, you can use it to change their position. You should ask someone to help by standing on the other side of the person’s bed. Then you hold the slide sheet at the person’s shoulder and knee levels. Move the sheet up, down, or to the side as needed so the person is comfortable.
- Make sure that before you leave, you check to ensure that the patient is breathing easily and appears to be comfortable. They should not be in a position that cuts off any circulation to their limbs or reduces their comfort in any way. This may mean that you need to add extra pillows or adjust the existing cushioning.
Taking care of bed-bound patient requires carefulness. The patient needs to feel the most comfortable. it’s important to make sure that you’re using the correct techniques. So lean and apply it!