Figure 2-25. Positioning an injured leg.
Figure 2-26. Leg and arm supported in abduction.
A bed cradle is used to keep the weight of bed coverings off the body part to be
protected. Moreover, the dimensions of the bed cradle enable the limbs to be elevated
on pillows when necessary. When using the bed cradle, bed making is modified for
protection and comfort of the patient and to maintain a neat appearance. The following
equipment and procedures are appropriate when a bed cradle is to be used.
a. Equipment. The equipment required when using a bed cradle follows:
Bed cradle, standard model or field (collapsible).
Usual allowance of bed linen, plus one additional sheet and blanket.
b. Procedure. The bed foundation is completed as for the patient occupied
bed. Proceed as follows:
(1) Place the cradle in position over the patient, with no part in contact with
a body part. Secure the cradle in place with bandage loops tied to the bedframe.
(2) Place the top covers to provide adequate covering for the shoulders,
then drag these ends over the head-end of the cradle.