Protective sheet and cotton drawsheet as necessary.
d. Procedure. The following procedure for making a patient's occupied bed is
appropriate when the patient is not helpless.
(a) Remove the pillow and use the crank handle to level the bed if
(b) Loosen the bed linen while moving around the bed, slightly raise
the mattress and lift the linen edges free. To prevent the linen from snagging on the
springs, do not tug or jerk it.
Pull mattress up to the head of the bed as necessary.
(d) Remove the spread and blanket, leaving the top sheet as a cover
for the patient.
(e) Assist the patient to turn toward you, to the side of the bed, keeping
his body covered with the sheet. If required, raise and latch the bedrail when the
patient's position has been adjusted.
Go to the opposite side of the bed. Place the chair in a convenient
(b) Roll all bedding in layers close to the patient's back. Smooth and
tighten the mattress cover from top to bottom.
(c) Place the clean foundation (bottom) sheet on the exposed section
of the mattress with the hem seam down and the centerfold in the midline of the bed. It
should be folded against the patient, bottom edge even with the foot of the mattress.
Tuck under the top edge, miter the corner, and smooth and tuck the side under, moving
from head to foot.