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November 4, 1939

A DEVICE FOR TURNING THE FRAME PATIENT

JAMA. 1939;113(19):1731-1732. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800440001010

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Abstract

Hospitals or physicians who use the anterior and posterior Bradford frames are confronted with the nursing problem of changing the patient from one frame to the other. A method which enables one nurse to turn any patient without lifting and with a minimum of discomfort to the patient is herein described. It has been found satisfactory in the daily care of from fifteen to twenty such patients at the University Hospital. If a patient who requires frame care is allowed to remain a part of the day on his abdomen, he is more comfortable and is less liable to develop decubital ulcers or respiratory or renal complications.

METHOD OF TURNING PATIENT  The patient is placed on his back on a posterior frame. This frame is then suspended about 1 foot from the mattress, each end being attached to a turning device which clamps on to the head and foot of

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