Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Guidelines for positioning



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.