Mission: Reposition

Simple Things You can DO to Promote Pressure Relief

#1 Repositioning in Bed

  • Change position every 2 hours.
  • Use a trapeze bar if needed to change position.
  • If assisting, use bed linens to help lift or reposition which will help avoid friction.
  • A special mattress (foam, air, gel or water) can help relieve pressure and protect vulnerable areas from damage.

  • Head of bed elevation should be no more than 30 degrees.
  • Bony areas should be positioned properly and cushioned.
  • Do not lie directly on your hip... it is best to lie on your side at an angle of 30 degrees with pillows or cushions supporting the front or back.
  • Cushions are also helpful between knees, ankles and on the heels.

#2 Repositioning in a Wheelchair

  • Change position every 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Perform wheelchair pushups - push on the arms of the chair and raise your body off of the seat.
  • Use a specialized wheelchair which tilts and redistributes pressure.
  • Use pressure relieving seat cushions (not a doughnut).

#3 Skin Care

  • Clean skin with mild soap and water and gently pat dry.
  • Skin with excess moisture can be protected with talcum powder.
  • Dry skin should have lotion applied (not in between toes).
  • Inspect your skin daily and use a mirror if needed to see out of sight areas.
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence should be closely managed to prevent and minimize moisture exposure.
  • Ask for help when using the rest room if needed, change diapers frequently, and use protective lotions on healthy skin.

#4 Nutrition

  • A healthy diet with a balance of protein, vitamins and minerals is vital to healthy skin.
  • You may need supplements such as vitamin C or zinc.
  • Sometimes regular food is not enough, especially if you have a poor appetite... liquid nutrition may help your skin health.
  • Stay hydrated! Fluids are essential to keep skin in the best condition possible.

#5 Other Strategies

  • If you smoke... seriously consider quitting! Although this is a tough decision, it is one that can make a huge difference in so many areas of your health.
  • Move it or Lose It - Stay active. Keep moving in order to build up muscle, keep up your appetite and promote overall body strength.

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