What is “Turning” and why is It Important to Prevention of Bed Sores?

By Nursing Home Law Center

Turning Prevention

‘Turning’ refers to exactly what it sounds like– turning the patient to prevent the build-up of pressure on the skin that can result in the development of bed sores. Turning is universally considered to be the most important factor in bed sore prevention. Yet, despite its universal acceptance, many facilities (hospitals and nursing homes) fail to properly implement turning techniques– it is hard, labor-intensive work.

Turning should be completed at intervals set forth by a physician. However, turning of patients at least every two hours is usually considered to be the minimally accepted interval. In bed-bound residents, the staff should rotate the patient to their sides. In residents who spend most of their time in wheelchairs, staff need to lift the residents out of their chairs.

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