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Wooden blanket support, United Kingdom, 1890-1930

A blanket support is used to protect an injured part of the body from the pressure of sheets and blankets when recovering in bed. This was to ease the discomfort and pain the patient felt. Blanket supports remain common features of numerous hospital wards. This simple example is made from wood and cane. Today, blanket supports are generally made from metal.

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Glossary: nursing

The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

Glossary: blanket support

A framework of metal strips or other material that forms a cage over an injured part of the body of a patient lying in bed, to protect it from the pressure of the bedclothes.