4-11. TURNING THE ADULT PATIENT
a. General Principles for Turning the Adult Patient.
Sometimes the physician will specify how often to turn a patient.
(a) A schedule can be set up for turning the adult patient throughout
his "awake" hours.
(b) The patient should be rotated through four positions (unless a
particular position is contraindicated):
1 Prone (see figure 4-1 and paragraph 4-13c).
2 Supine (figure 4-2 and paragraph 4-13a).
3 Left Sim's (figure 4-3).
4 Right Sim's (figure 4-3).
Plan a schedule and follow it.
(d) Record the position change each time to ensure that all positions
Figure 4-1. Prone position.