How to use patient turning device effectively

Step by step patient turning device guide

Patient turning device is a gadget that is mainly use to turn, re-position, and transfer patient. It a device of medical important that help to reduce patient risk of fall and over stretching them when trying to turn, re position or transfer them. It also helps in minimizing caregiver hustle of helping their patient and eliminate risk of accident to themselves. Turning a patient’s position in bed should be every 2 hours. This method helps to keep blood flow to various organs uninterrupted and thus helps the skin stay healthy and prevents bed sores.  In this article we are going to look at step by step of how we can use patient turning device effectively.

Step 1: Explain procedure to your patient

If you are a care giver introduce yourselves to the patient and let him/her now the procedure that you are about to conduct. Ask him/her if it’s comfortable for him/her to continue with the process. Encourage the person to help you if possible .Always ensure you are not violating your patient rights as well as ensure privacy and safety of the patient.

Step 2: Preparation

  1. Make the bed flat and adjust the height of the bed to your desirable working height that will be comfortable to you. Stand on the side of the bed the patient will be turning towards, and lower the bed rail. Using slipknot technique tie patient turning device attachment on the bed frame and fit them on the attachment on the patient turning device handles. Put the side rail back up.
  2. Step around to the other side of the bed and lower the side rail. Slide the patient turning device beneath the back of the patient ensuring it has spread from the feet to the top of his/her head.
  1. Slag the handles of patient turning device toward the attachment on the bed frame

Step 3: Turning a Patient

  1. When turning the patient’s, bottom arm should be stretched towards you. Place the person’s top arm cross the chest.
  2. Cross the patient’s upper ankle over the bottom ankle and if you are turning the patient onto the stomach, make sure the person’s bottom hand is above the head first.
  3. Move to the other side of the bed and ensure side rail are back up.
  4. Hold the handle of the patient turning device firmly and using inward motion pull the patient toward you

Step 4: Patient Right Positioning

The following steps should be followed to make sure the patient is in the right position:

  1. Make sure the patient’s ankles, knees, and elbows are not resting on top of each other.
  2. Make sure the head and neck are in line with the spine, not stretched forward, back, or to the side.
  3. 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.

Step 5: Regular check up

Turning a patient’s position in bed should be every 2 hours

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