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Bed Making. Teresa V. Hurley, MSN, RN. Unoccupied Bed. Client is able to get out of bed (OOB). Assess: inspect bed for bodily fluids or secretions Yes: use disposable gloves -inspect to see if client left anything What might they have left in the bed? . Unoccupied Bed.

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Bed Making

Teresa V. Hurley, MSN, RN


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Unoccupied Bed

Client is able to get out of bed (OOB).

Assess: inspect bed for bodily fluids or secretions

Yes: use disposable gloves

-inspect to see if client left anything

What might they have left in the bed?


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Unoccupied Bed

  • Eye glasses

  • Hearing aides

  • Religious objects

  • Dentures

  • Reading materials

  • Pens, pencils

  • Food stashes

  • Radios, C/D players

  • Stuffed animals and toys

  • Smoking materials

  • Prescribed Medication

  • Illegal drugs

  • Dirty tissues


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Unoccupied Bed

  • Check to see what linens you might need:large sheets, draw sheet, blanket, bedspread, pillow cases, linen bag/plastic, protective pad

  • Adjust height of bed to waist level

  • Put side-rails down and disconnect any thing attached to the linens

  • Loosen all linen

  • Fold reusable linens

  • Roll up soiled linen into bottom sheet and put in linen bag/plastic


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Unoccupied Bed

  • Work from one side to another and from top to bottom

  • Tuck sheets tightly

  • Seams side down/bottom sheet and seams side up on top sheet

    Top covers are fan-folded down in a hospital

    Attach call light

    Bed to ground position

    Side rails down or one left up


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Occupied Bed

  • Outcome for this project

    Nurse and client do not sustain an injury

    Check chart for client activity in MD Orders

    Wash hands

    Assemble Equipment

    Check if you need help!

    Do not injure yourself!


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Occupied Bed

  • Place head of bed (HOB) flat unless contra-indicated (GT)

  • Work from top to bottom and from one side to another


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Unexpected Situations

  • What would you do if:

  • fecal material is on dirty linens?

  • client if SOB?