Bed Arch for sheets or blankets so patient does not come into contact with the feet or legs.
55 cm width
Height 34 cm
Bottom 30.5 cm
Remember that the bed should be made at least once a day, stretching the sheets adequately to avoid creasing, which may be very disturbing or even cause wounds in people who remain lying down for long periods of time.
The sheets should be changed regularly. It would be desirable on a daily basis and, at least, every time they get stained. If the patient is incontinent (is unable to hold faeces or urine), place a water proof sheet over the mattress, or a piece of plastic completely covered by a towel under the sheet.
In severely ill patients, with a low consciousness level, place side rails to prevent falls. You should change the position every four to six hours to prevent ulcers.
If the patient has wounds, fractures, etc., the weight of the bed linen may bother him or her. Use Kramer’s splint (DRAWER 15, first aid kits A and B) to build a protective arch or bed arches to prevent direct contact with bed linen. You may improvise it with a box by removing the top and bottom sides.
Avoid contact of any hard surface with the skin, as it may cause ulcers. Pad such areas with cotton