Survey shows patient turning, repositioning a challenge for nurses
- Wed, 8/29/12 - 8:49am
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Recent surveys of more than 500 critical care and wound care nurses confirmed that turning and repositioning patients is a challenge and puts them at risk for injury.
Surveys were conducted by Sage Products Inc (Cary, IL) at the 2012 American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute in May and at the 2012 Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Annual Conference in June.
Survey results showed that the majority of facilities (93%) turn their patients every two hours. When asked about compliance to their facility’s turning protocol, 60% of wound care nurses said they believe their protocol is followed “well.” However, 58% of critical care nurses surveyed said achieving their unit’s turning protocol was “difficult,” and 19% said it was “very difficult.”
In regard to staff injury due to turning and repositioning patients, a large percentage of wound care nurses (74%) said they or a co-worker had been injured. An even larger percentage of critical care nurses (93%) reported they or a co-worker had been injured as a result of turning a patient.
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