So Now You Can Make A Bed…. But What About If Someone Is In it?
Welcome to the inner sanctum nursing world of bed making. Those mitre corners: they’re a secret that we keep close
But seriously, the techniques are critical for protecting your patient from pressure areas in the proper bed making technique are essential for when your patient has the reduced capacity to naturally move around. However, what happens when your patient has no ability to move around. Having them hop up and sit in a chair while you make their bed simply may not be an option.
Regularly changing the sheets is essential. Patients who are unwell are likely to not regulate their body temperature as well as they normally might, so sweaty sheets are the result. Also, it is likely that they might soil the sheets, and obviously, changing in necessary. Also, for comfort when you are in bed for a long period of time, clean sheets can be like heaven.
There is absolutely no need for you to have your patient move out of the bed. And, frankly, the risks of the patient handling to your back and increased risk of falling simply aren’t worth it. There is a perfectly excellent technique to changing the sheets while your patient stays in their bed. It is ideal that you have two people to help you do this, but not essential. Provided the patient can provide some degree of help, like holding onto the bed side, then you can do this alone. In our “Home Care Survival Guide”, Phill steps through the techniques that maintain your patients dignity, comfort and your back to make a bed while they stay tucked up inside it.
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