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Person asleep in bedMany people in at-risk groups; including the elderly; may contract flu and chest infections over these cold winter months.

For some these infections may cause them to spend this period of illness in bed, requiring help from nursing staff, carers or relatives.

A prolonged period of bed rest may lead to development of pressure areas, therefore regular repositioning is essential; even with the use of static or dynamic mattresses.

Tilt the patient to 30%

An optimal position to disperse applied pressure is the 30° tilt.

Repositioning patients to prevent pressure ulcer formation will aid recovery and avoid complications.

Information on the link here describes the 30° tilt in detail and explains why it should be employed.


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