e. Concurrent Cleaning.
Damp-dust bedside cabinet, bedframe, and chair.
(2) Realign the bed, bedside cabinet, and chair. Turn inward the bed
wheels and crank handles. Lock the wheels.
(3) Hang a clean paper bag by securing the tab edge between the surfaces
of the bedside cabinet top. (Tear down the sides of the bag to form 2-inch tabs. Fold
three sides outward to form a cuff; the fourth side is the hanger. Folding in this manner
provides clean surfaces for handling.) A paper bag is used for disposal of tissue wipes
and other personal debris. It is not used for soiled dressings.
(4) Leave the unit clean, orderly, and ready for occupancy. Check to see
that the lamp and signal cord (if used) is in the proper location.
Discard the waste. Wash and sanitize the washbasin and wash your
MAKING THE PATIENT OCCUPIED BED
a. General. Changing bed linen and making a comfortable, neat bed while it is
occupied by a patient usually follows the completion of a cleansing bath. During this
time, excellent opportunities are provided to establish good relations with the patient
through patient-centered conversation and for instructing the patient how to move, turn,
conserve energy, and maintain good body alignment. If the patient is helpless or
unconscious, two individuals should work together. The operator gives instruction and
performs the procedure while the assistant holds the patient and helps to turn him.
When an assistant is unavailable to assist a helpless patient, the side rails of the bed
opposite the operator should be raised to prevent the patient from falling out of bed.
b. Precautions in Making a Patient Occupied Bed. Some precautions in
making a patient occupied bed are to prevent exposing the patient, provide for his
safety, and (by the proper handling of linen) prevent the possible spread of
c. Equipment. The following equipment should be obtained as required.
Washbasin containing an appropriate solution.