A patient with a back injury is asking to be moved onto their right side. The patient is currently in the left side-lying position. How should the nurse safely reposition the patient? 

The nurse should keep the patient’s head and back aligned by logrolling the patient toward the right side in one coordinated movement.


• Keeping the patient’s head and back aligned by repositioning in a smooth, coordinated movement describes the safe logrolling technique for a patient with a back injury. Multiple nursing personnel are required to maintain proper spine alignment while repositioning this patient.

Incorrect options:

• Placing a pillow under the patient’s neck and back before logrolling may misalign the patient’s body.

• The body of a patient with a back injury must be moved in one coordinated movement, not segment-by-segment.

• The patient should not be left in that position. Patients on bed rest should be repositioned every 2 hours.

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