Stroke nursing – getting the hemiplegic patient out of bed

Morning rounds on our stroke unit. Regardless of the success of physiotherapy, the rounding team tries to mobilize a patient with recent ICH and hemiplegic left side out of bed, using all their strength to get her on the side, rushing every movement. Then some auscultation, lift your hands and back into bed.

There is quite some proficiency among our stroke nurses on how to do this properly, yet we tend to ignore all the basic nursing rules. We asked one of our favorite stroke nurses Gabi to give us a short introduction into how to do it right. This is actually quite easy and also fun to do, since the patient does most of the work, relishes the experience and our spine is spared…