Changing a patient’s position in bed every 2 hours helps keep blood flowing to their skin. This helps their skin stay healthy and prevents bedsores. When you turn a patient, it is a good time to check their skin for redness and sores.
If you are turning the patient onto their stomach, make sure their bottom hand is above their head before turning the patient.
You may need to repeat steps 3 and 4 until the patient is in the right position.
Roll patient in bed
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