CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS: Logrolling a patient

February 2004 
Volume 34  Number 2
Pages 22 - 22
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    IF YOUR PATIENT'S body must remain in alignment after spinal surgery, use the logrolling technique when turning him to protect him from injury and discomfort and to prevent complications. Logrolling requires at least two people (three for a large patient). The two-person technique is shown here.


    * Wash your hands. Provide privacy and explain the procedure to the patient.

    * Perform a baseline assessment of his neurologic status, including his mental status, movement, and sensation.

    * Use a turning sheet whenever possible, making sure it extends from above his shoulders to below his hips. Cross his arms over his chest to protect them from injury.

    Figure. Raise the bed to an optimal working level. With both staff on the same side of the bed, lower the side rail, roll the turning ...

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