CNA Skill: Positioning Patient on Side

Today, we are going to demonstrate another important CNA skill test which is Positioning the patient on the side. A nurse aide must change the position of bedridden residents at regular time intervals; or whenever a client requests.

  • Ensure that the head of the bed is lowered and the bed is in a flat position.
  • Check the resident’s arms and pillows.
  • A half-folded pillow must be placed at the back of the patient.
  • One between the knee and ankle and one under the arm.
  • Make sure that the shoulder, hips and ankles are not in a straight line and bend the legs slightly while turning the patient to the other side.
  • Never raise the head of the bed when the resident is lying on one side of his body.

For a better explanation, You can watch this video.


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