Repositioning Patients: Techniques and Protocols For Doctors And Nurses.

At some point or another during a hospital stay, most patients will need to be repositioned.   For whatever reason, many patients simply don't have the strength or ability to right themselves when they get all bent out of shape in their hospital bed.  Sometimes it's because they are just too old to go home.  Other times it's because they have a fracture and they need to get it fixed.

Whatever the reason, repositioning patients is almost universally necessary during a patient's hospital stay.  But who's responsibility is it and how should the respositioning be done?  There are risks to patients and medical providers  if good patient repositioning technique is not followed appropriately, especially if the patient is morbidly obese.

I'm sure somewhere in their nursing training, nurses are taught how to provide safe and appropriate repositioning techniques on their patients.  Unfortunately for hospitalists and other doctors, patient repositioning is not taught as a standard educational experience in medical school, residency or fellowship.  That leaves physicians  having to learn the best patient repositioning techniques on the fly.

And that's where The Happy Hospitalist can help. The safest doctor method for repositioning patients in the hospital or office setting is to have the nurse do it, as this original Happy crude medical humor ecard clearly explains.  Don't even think about breaking yours or your patients' backs doing things you aren't trained to do.  Leave this job up to your excellent nursing staff and it's WIN-WIN for everyone.  This hospital ecard helps to explain.  Any questions?

"Do you need help repositioning the patient? --- said no doctor ever."

Do you need help repositioning the patient said no doctor ever nurse ecard humor photo.

This post is for entertainment purposes only and likely contains humor only understood by those in a healthcare profession. Read at our own risk. 

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