(3) Place the additional blanket and covering sheet crosswise over the
cradle, overlapping the top covers with the surplus toward the foot of the bed.
(4) Tuck the surplus edges of the cradle covering under the foot of the
mattress. Miter corners, arranging the top folds to hang free. Fold back the overlapped
covers as required for access to the body part protected by the cradle.
2-10. PREVENTION OF PRESSURE SORES
Timely change and movement of a patient's position as well as the
knowledgeable uses of support devices go a long way toward the prevention of
pressure or bedsores. Nevertheless, since pressure sores can develop within a few
hours of neglect, constant vigilance and good nursing care can prevent them.
a. Areas of Susceptibility. Pressure sores are more likely to develop over the
more bony prominence of the body (figure 2-27). In addition, sores can also develop on
such areas as toes, knees, shoulders, chin, and forehead when circulation to the skin of
these areas is restricted by the pressure of body weight and the patient is unable to
Figure 2-27. Areas susceptible to bedsores.