Turning Patients Over in Bed
Usually one or two people can turn a patient safely. This can be done with a drawsheet or slide sheet. Or, you can use a ceiling lift (if available), especially if the patient weights over 200 pounds. The patient can sometimes help by pushing down with a heel. Start the turn with the patient on the side of the bed opposite the direction they will be rolling.
Step 1. Cross arms
Step 2. Turn the patient
Pull the drawsheet toward you, moving the patient to one side of the bed.
Make sure pillows or guardrails are up on other side of the bed.
Pull up on sheet with an upward motion. This will cause the patient to roll in the opposite direction.
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