The individualized plan of care should involve:
- All of the lying and sitting surfaces, including arm and pedal supports that the person uses throughout the day (e.g., beds, wheelchairs, geri-chairs, car seats, stretcher surfaces, operating room tables, foot rests, and shoes).
- Referral to an occupational therapist or a physical therapist in collaboration with other interprofessional team members (e.g., dietitian, front-line nurse).
When transferring or repositioning a person on or between any support surfaces, the following guidelines should be observed:
- Establish and follow a repositioning schedule, regardless of the support surface used.
- Educate the person and primary caregiver(s), as appropriate, about the repositioning plan and monitor regularly.
- Use proper transfer techniques. Do not lift and drag the person across surfaces.
Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team, Third Edition
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