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The Differences Between Making A Surgical Bed, Closed Bed Or Open Bed

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Making A Surgical Bed 

Believe it or not it is the only video I found on making a surgical bed! The video starts with a closed bed being stripped down. the open bed is shown at 0:34 and the surgical bed at 0:54

She folds the top sheet and blanket more times than I would, and I prefer to have the last point facing towards the center of the bed not tucked under. You get the gist of it though.

The idea is correct to have the blankets out of the way, to one side of the bed for when the groggy, post-surgical patient is transferred from stretcher to bed. The fan folding allows you to take the edge of the blanket and pull it over the patient in one motion.

Closed Bed

Once again… No you don’t need gloves unless the linens are visibly soiled. Good hand hygiene is sufficient. Which she does fine until she dries her hands. I haven’t seen anyone so far do it correctly. 

A few things here. This poor woman will walk hundreds of miles in the course of a year if she makes beds going back and forth from side to side.

Just like with the occupied bed video, you should make one side first than go to the other side and complete the bed. You can do everything, including the top sheet and blanket that way.

Open Bed

The only difference between closed an open is that you fold the top sheet and blanket to the foot of the bed. 


  • Closed bed: top sheet and blanket cover the bed
  • Open bed: top sheet and blanket are folded down to the bottom of the bed
  • Surgical bed: top sheet and blanket are untucked from the bottom of the bed and they are fan folded lengthwise to be easily out of the way when transferring a patient and easily pulled over the patient once in bed.

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