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LESSON 2
POSITIONING THE PATIENT

2-1. OVERVIEW

Physical comfort is very important to a human being. This is especially applicable to a bed patient. Both the patient and nursing service personnel need physical comfort as they respectively recuperate or perform nursing care. Since enlisted nursing personnel come in contact with the patient more than other medical personnel, they should employ procedures which will ensure the comfort, safety, and well being of the patient. In addition, they should consider their own physical comfort. Only those techniques which reduce or prevent undue strain on the muscles should be used when lifting or moving patients. The benefits of proper body mechanics and good posture include the efficient use of muscles, promotion of normal body functions, avoidance of strain and fatigue, and prevention of deformity.

 

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015