The Science of Turning

The 30 degree lateral turn is perhaps the most important nursing intervention in the prevention & treatment of pressure injuries. Yet the ergonomics of effective offloading is not well defined, and too often patients are left in a position that is neither effectively offloaded or sustainable. Here we identify the positioning needs of the bed…

What is Turn Therapy?

Turn Therapy is to assist and provide movement for a person who is mobility impaired, especially to turn from side to side and elevate the heels. Turn Therapy is essential care required to prevent injuries associated with immobility, especially musculoskeletal breakdown and pressure ulcers. Bedside Ergonomics is the application of Turn Therapy. What is the correct position for a bedbound person? How…

Backbone wedge

Why The Crescent Shape?

How do I prevent pressure ulcers? This is a great question with more than one answer. But there is one thing all bedsores have in common: Pressure. So removing pressure is always the right thing to do first. How do I position to reduce pressure to the sacrum? It can be tricky to get the…