|Moving and Turning
Turning Patient (Log
Roll with Flat Palm Technique)
Using flat palms, gently place your hands on the patient.
Using sufficient manpower, roll the patient to the side.
Position as needed and using flat palms, gently roll the
patient back into a resting position. By using flat palms
you reduce the risk of mistakenly grabbing hold of an
INTEGRA® Template site. Roll the patient with your flat
palms, distributing contact across the flat surface of
Moving the Patient
(Straight Board Technique)
The straight board technique is useful in moving a patient
from one bed to another, or re-positioning the patient
on a bed. The use of straight boards can be helpful when
you are short on assistance and need to move a patient.
- It is important to remember to move
the board and not the patient. Never drag the board
from under the patient, as this will tend to cause shearing
- It is important to plan your strategy
for moving difficult or heavy patients. It may be impossible
to avoid shearing if, after beginning to move a patient,
you realize that a technique requires more manpower,
or isn't an appropriate technique to use in that situation.