Positioning COVID-19 patients suffering from severe acute respiratory distress in the prone position improves survival as compared to supine positioning. However, an increase in pressure injury development has been reported.
Today, due to the pandemic situation, the focus on cross infection prevention and infection control is higher than ever and of course the focus is also on keeping the mattress clean and disinfect it between users .
“I called around yesterday morning and found out that there are currently no pressure ulcers in elderly care homes in Trosa,” says Occupational Therapist Ulrika Nilsson proudly and notes that a major reason for this is the training healthcare professionals have received.
Figure out the user's condition before preparing the bed. Never prepare the bed with more layers than necessary. More layers between the skin and the mattress create higher pressure. Always individualize the preparation of the bed based on status and general condition.
Bedridden patients who has difficulties breathing can be helped by position changes with the use of positioning pillows. In this article we introduce four solutions where positioning pillows can help stimulate breathing by providing varying degrees of support and relief for the lungs.