AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 24, 2021: Up Means Up!

Patients who are dependent for weight shifting (Mobility Level 1 and 2) or Mobility Level 3 patients who need assist should be seated fully upright on a daily basis for no more than 2 hours (less if issues with skin integrity or wounds). OOB to chair = sitting upright. When a patient has an out of bed order, the intention is to have that patient sitting up and upright, not in a chair that is fully reclined, which can result in sacral wounds. If a patient is not ready to be in chair, use a specialty bed first.

Attached is flier from the University of Maryland Medical Center that shows proper positioning for patients in chairs. Please take a few minutes to review and review with unit staff as well.

Have a great week!

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