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N urses dread positioning a patient prone. After the patient moves onto his stomach, it's usually tricky to move your arms out from underneath him without getting caught or sticking to his skin. At my center, we use a pillowcase to make the process easi- er. If you're doing the "catching," put both arms in a pillowcase and spread it open. As another nurse flips the patient, use the pillowcase to catch him as he rolls onto his belly. You can then better position the patient with your arms under- neath. When you're done, pull your arms out of the pillowcase, leaving it under the patient. This trick helps to protect the patient from any harm caused by skin-on- skin contact. Plus, when it comes time to turn him back over, the pil- lowcase is already set up under- neath and ready to go. Brent Klev, RN, MBA South Jordan Health Center University of Utah Hospital and Clinics South Jordan, Utah brent.klev@hsc.utah.edu SOFT LANDING Use Pillowcases for Patients in Prone Position Step 3 Step 2 Step 1 Brent Klev, RN, MBA TURNING TIP Nurses place their arms in a pillowcase when they turn patients into the prone position at the South Jordan Health Center. O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 1 4 IDEAS That Work Practical pearls from your colleagues

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