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How to Turn A Person in Bed

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about turning a person in bed?

Turn the person at least every 2 hours if he or she is unable to move. This will help prevent pressure sores, blood clots, and breathing problems, such as pneumonia. It will also help improve the person's comfort in bed.

What safety guidelines do I need to follow?

If possible, the head of the bed should be flat before you turn the person. The following can help keep you and the person safe when you turn him or her:

How do I turn a person in bed?

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