Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Guidelines for positioning

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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.