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Turning a morbidly obese patient

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by Edmond Dantes Edmond Dantes (New) New Nurse

Edmond Dantes has 2 years experience and specializes in Medical surgical and telemetry.

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Hello Nurses,

I was just wondering what are your tips in turning a patient (eg. Q4 turning or pads change) who has a leg pain and is a morbidly obese? My patient is too big that I am ordering a big bariatic bed for him.

He helps a little to nothing when changing his pad. He came from a LTC with a long term IDC (with yellowish discharge and foul smell) so I decided to give him a pad change and wash. I asked for 4 people in the ward to help him get changed. Any tips?

 

Thank you.

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Kitiger has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics.

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What is IDC? 

 

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Invasive Ductal Carcinoma?

etc.???

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Edmond Dantes has 2 years experience and specializes in Medical surgical and telemetry.

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Indwelling Catheter.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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It's Q TWO hour turning. You would need at least 4 people...more if you can get them.  By the way,  get that foley out of him STAT it's an infection source.

 

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Edmond Dantes has 2 years experience and specializes in Medical surgical and telemetry.

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18 minutes ago, Been there,done that said:

  By the way,  get that foley out of him STAT it's an infection source.

 

Thank you for the input. He is Q4 turn because he is already on bariatic bed. Patient has BPH for a very long time. He couldn’t pass urine without it. 

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Dude, if there is a foul smell and yellow discharge, there is infection. Patient has a UTI. You just need to CHANGE the foley, not discontinue forever. 

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Use a regular sheet as a huge draw sheet, and turn as a team. Put the head of the bed down when you move him up in bed so you aren't fighting against gravity. Trendelenburg him if possible. When you turn him, wash whatever is exposed, so you don't have to coordinate an hour long bed bath...it all gets washed at least once a day.

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Their size shouldn’t matter with turning.  It’s still q2 turning.  I also just tell them to breathe through the pain.  
 

Im confused by this whole story.  If they have a UTI you need to change that catheter.  The infection source needs to go.  Is urology consulted with the bph and catheter issues?

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Edmond Dantes has 2 years experience and specializes in Medical surgical and telemetry.

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Hello thank you for all your nice inputs! My patient was just got admitted in our ward when I looked after him. The urinary catheter was just recently inserted and ofcourse we took a sample for urinalysis and culture (we replaced his old one).

He is q4 turn since he is now on bariatic bed. The urologist was aware of the BPH and deemed that it is vital for him to have the foley in. I just find it challenging to turn and do cares for this heavy patient who cannot turn himself and was in pain with the slight movement. I have asked for help for other nurses on the floor. 

The reason I posted this is for me to get an idea on how to safely turn him and improve my practice on taking care of this kind of patient.

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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I would medicate for pain, and I'd try to time any major hygiene care with the medication's peak.

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NRSKarenRN has 43 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Agree with Sour Lemon: Premedicate for pain 30-45 min prior to turning.  Try to alert colleagues ahead of time that help needed at xyz time.  Gather all supplies needed for care, skin protectant ointment, pericare supplies etc. 

Does your facility have reusable handled slide transfer sheet-- I'd use that, otherwise use large sheet folded in half per Canoehead.  With four persons, once you start to turn client, if able to bend knee towards chest helps with roll over.  Patients with extremely large heavy legs, have used draw sheet to wrap around one leg to lift and move while other staff help push to turn. Gets easier with experience--- often need to individualize for each patient.

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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I think there needs to be a care conference with the whole unit.  This gentleman has major needs which can only be accomplished with a team effort.

Turning every four hours is NOT adequate for someone who can't move himself.  After two hours in the same position, skin is starting to break down, no matter what kind of bed he is on.  There needs to be scheduled Q2h turning, with the personnel pre-assigned so you don't need to be constantly trying to round up four people.  And I don't need to mention meticulous cath care and adequate hydration.

Good luck.

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