1: When positioning, check for guidelines in the Plan of Care, and use positions that are natural and comfortable for your client.
2: Always check for skin disorders or discoloration.
3: Repositioning is the perfect time to check skin abnormalities.
4: Any red area that does not blanch when touched or return to normal within 20 minutes is at risk for skin breakdown.
5: Any white or purplish area over a bony prominence should be reported immediately.
6: A bony prominence is an area where there is not much tissue between the skin and a bone.
7: If a skin problem begins to develop, do not position the client in a way that puts pressure on that area.