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Skill 16: Change of Position

Change of Position
Skill Level-Medium

Supplies:

1 Towel
3 Pillows
1 Flat Sheet



How to perform the skill:

  1. Knock on patients door, then enter.
  2. Greet patient by name and introduce yourself and what your doing
  3. Provide for privacy (By shutting the drapes)
  4. Wash Hands
  5. Check patients ID (Make sure its the right patient)
  6. Gather Supplies and place on tray table thats covered with a towel.
  7. By placing one hand under the knee and one hand behind the shoulder, assist patient in scooting body towards you and the edge of the bed.
  8. Ask the patient to roll on their side.
  9. Adjust their head pillow so their head is in the middle of the pillow.
  10. Place one pillow behind their back, along the spine from the waist up, and tuck under, the fold the pillow in half, again tucking it under them.
  11. Have patient roll back slightly against the pillow.
  12. Ask the patient to bend knees to 90 degree angle.
  13. With second pillow, assist patient by lifting their thigh and placing a  pillow between their legs.
  14. Ensure the pillow is between their knees, ankles, and feet.
  15. With the third pillow, lift the patients top arm placing pillow directly under the armpit and across chest.
  16. Lift bottom arm and tuck other pillow corner under armpit. Keep patients body off of arm.
  17. Ensure arms are place gently over pillow.
  18. Give resident their call button.
  19. Put dirty linens into hamper.
  20. Remove gloves wash hands and ask how they would like the head of bed left.
  21. Un-Provide for privacy.

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