g. Stay on one side of the bed until it is completely made; then move to the other
side and finish the bed. This saves time and steps.
h. Observe the patient and document any nursing observations.
Check for areas of redness that may lead to decubiti formation.
Note tolerance of activity level while out of bed.
Note observations about the physical and emotional status of the
Note any patient teaching or reinforced teaching given and the patient's
(5) Check for drainage, wetness, or other body fluids and record
METHODS OF BED-MAKING
a. Unoccupied (Closed) Bed. An unoccupied bed is one that is made when
not occupied by a patient.
Raise the bed to a comfortable working height, if adjustable.
Lower siderails, if present.
Remove pillows and pillowcases. Set the pillows aside in a clean area.
Fold and set the blankets and spreads aside (to be reused).
Loosen the linen along the edges of the bed, and move toward the end
of the bed.
(6) Wash the mattress if necessary, turn the mattress to the opposite side if
necessary, and replace the mattress pad as needed. Observe the mattress for
Place the bottom sheet.
(a) Flat sheet.
1 Position evenly on the bed.