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Do You Know How To Make A Hospital Bed…..Really?

Do You Know How To Make A Hospital Bed…..Really?

How To Make A Hospital Bed

There’s no doubt that nurses are famous for their efficient and sharp ability on how to make a hospital bed.  That, and sadly bed pans.  An annoyingly all-too-common dinner party comment that ubiquitously follows the response to “What do you do?”.

Response “I am a nurse”

“Ah, bed pans and bed making, hey?”

Incorrect.  And, well, also correct.  What isn’t commonly known is that there is a great deal more to how to make a hospital bed properly than meets the eye.  It’s not a simple matter of tossing on a couple of sheets and away we go.

The fact is, if your patient is needing a hospital bed, then you are at the stage that you simply must start considering more than just the comfort level of the mattress.  One of the absolute truths about patient care is that you must start considering the real risk of pressure injuries.  Pressure areas are localised areas of injury that result from a patient’s reduced ability to move around normally.  When we are asleep in bed, our bodies naturally regulate the need to move, which releases areas of pressure and floods the area with nutritious blood once again.  However, when our bodies have reduced capacity to move, then the risk of developing pressure areas become a real risk.  They can start as a simple red mark and develop into a large, deep and painful ulcer.  Areas most commonly affected include bony prominences, such as heels, sacrum, shoulder blades, elbows.

There are a number of strategies that are important to mitigate the risk of pressure areas.  All of which we will cover here at iNightingale in a number of Nurse on the Go Videos.  However, the focus of this video centralises around what you can do to reduce this risk with bed making.  It is probably one of the most critical elements to delivering good pressure area care.

So Phill will step you through the elements of this seemingly simple task of how to make a hospital bed to ensure that the integrity of your patient’s skin remains intact and health

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Go on: tell us your mitre corners are us crisp as ours. We’re experienced professionals, you know!
Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google 

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