How are bedbound patients monitored to reduce the development of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Patients who are bedbound should be positioned at a 30° angle when lying on their side to minimize pressure over the ischial tuberosity and greater trochanter. Efforts should be made to avoid sliding the patient over a surface to prevent shear forces and friction. Patients who develop a pressure injury while sitting should be placed on bed rest with frequent repositioning.


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