How consistent and effective are current repositioning strategies for pressure ulcer prevention?

Marjolein Woodhouse, Peter Worsley, David Voegeli, Lisette Schoonhoven, Dan Bader

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Aim: To examine the inter-practitioner variability of repositioning for pressure ulcer prevention, the effectiveness of the intervention, and whether the provision of written guidance influenced the repositioning technique.

Methods: A pre-test post-test study design was utilised. Descriptive data regarding the work history of participants was collected. Participants were invited to reposition a healthy volunteer before and after reviewing guidance detailing the 30° side-lying technique. The researchers measured the resulting turn angles and assessed offloading of bony prominences.

Results: The repositioning technique varied considerably in the sample of nurse participants. Turn angles decreased following the guidance, but offloading of body sites vulnerable to pressure damage remained sporadic.

Conclusion: Pressure ulcer prevention training should include practical demonstrations of repositioning. Clear guidance regarding the optimal repositioning technique for pressure ulcer prevention is needed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Early online date25 May 2019
Publication statusEarly online - 25 May 2019


  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Reproducibility
  • Repositioning
  • Positioning
  • 0° side-lying position
  • 30° tilt


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