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Patient Hygiene NEO111 M. Jorgenson, RN BSN. Personal Hygiene  Measures for personal cleanliness and grooming  Promotes physical and psychological well-being.

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1 Patient Hygiene NEO111 M. Jorgenson, RN BSN

2 Personal Hygiene  Measures for personal cleanliness and grooming  Promotes physical and psychological well-being  Care must be carried out conveniently and frequently enough to promote personal hygiene and wellness  Practices vary widely among people; nurses should respect individual patient preferences  Nurses should give only the care that patients cannot or should not provide for themselves

3 Bedside Cleansing and Skin Care Products  Bathing cloths  Bathing wipes  No-rinse body wash and shampoo  Body foam

4 Folding the Washcloth for a Bed Bath

5 Meeting Bathing Needs of Patients With Dementia  Focus on comfort, safety, autonomy, and self- esteem, in addition to cleanliness.  Individualize patient care.  Consider what can be learned about the needs and preferences of the patient.  Consider other methods for bathing.  Maintain a relaxed demeanor; use calming language.

6 Assessments Made When Giving a Bed Bath  Patient’s knowledge of hygiene practices and bathing preferences  Frequency, time of day, type of hygiene products used  Any physical activity limitations  Patient’s ability to bathe himself or herself  Patient’s skin for dryness, redness, or areas of breakdown

7 Bathing (cont.)  Order of Bathing Eyes/Face (rinsing wash cloth between eyes) Eyes/Face (rinsing wash cloth between eyes) neck & ears neck & ears Arms Arms chest/abdomen chest/abdomen Legs Legs Back Back buttocks buttocks perineal area perineal area  If using a water basin to bath a patient, water should be changed: After washing the front of the person and prior to cleaning the back and buttocks. After washing the front of the person and prior to cleaning the back and buttocks. Change the water again prior to perineal Change the water again prior to perineal care!! care!!

8 Assessments Made When Providing Oral Care for a Patient  Patient’s oral hygiene preferences Frequency, time of day, type of hygiene products Frequency, time of day, type of hygiene products  Patient’s oral cavity and dentition  Patient’s lips for dryness or cracking  Patient’s ability to perform own care Any physical activity limitations Any physical activity limitations

9 Oral Care (Dependent Patient)  Correct head position On its side and tilted forward On its side and tilted forward Raised degrees Raised degrees  Rinsing the mouth of a dependent person Carefully squirt a small amount of water using an irrigating syringe being sure to avoid the back of the throat Carefully squirt a small amount of water using an irrigating syringe being sure to avoid the back of the throat Immediately suction water out with a yankaur Immediately suction water out with a yankaur suction device suction device Use of a toothette or suction toothette Use of a toothette or suction toothette

10 Expected Outcomes When Performing Oral Care  The patient’s mouth and teeth will be clean.  The patient will not experience impaired oral mucous membranes.  The patient will participate as much as possible with oral care.  The patient will demonstrate improvement in body image.  The patient will verbalize an understanding about the importance of oral care.

11 Oral Hygiene for Patients With Cognitive Impairments  Choose a time of day when the patient is most calm.  Enlist the aid of a family member or significant other.  Break the task into small steps.  Provide distraction.  Allow the patient to participate.  If the patient strongly refuses care, withdraw.  Document effective and ineffective intervention.

12 Cleaning Dentures at the Sink

13 Assessments Made When Providing Eye Care for a Patient With Contacts  Assess both eyes for contact lenses.  Assess eyes for any redness or drainage.  Assess for any eye injury. If an injury is present, notify the physician about the presence of the contact lens. If an injury is present, notify the physician about the presence of the contact lens. Do not try to remove the contact lens in this situation due to the risk for additional eye injury. Do not try to remove the contact lens in this situation due to the risk for additional eye injury.

14 Contact Storage Case Marked L and R

15 Assisting with Shaving  Male facial hair—shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain)  Female leg hair—shave against the direction of hair growth (against the grain)  When should shaving a patient with a straight edge razor be avoided and an electric razor used instead? Significant immunocompromised (low WBC) Significant immunocompromised (low WBC) Anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners) Anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners) Bleeding disorders Bleeding disorders Low platelet count Low platelet count

16 Unexpected Situations and Associated Interventions when Shaving a Patient  Patient is cut and bleeding during shave: Apply pressure with gauze or towel to injured area for minutes. Resume shaving after bleeding has stopped.  Patient has large amount of hair to be shaved: It may need to be trimmed with scissors first.

17 Assessments Made When Making an Occupied Bed  Assess the patient’s preferences regarding linen changes.  Assess for precautions or activity restrictions for the patient.  Check for evidence of body secretions or fluids on the linens.  Check the bed for patient belongings.  Note the presence and position of any tubes or drains.

18 Fan-Folding Bottom Sheet When Making a Bed

19 Providing Perineal Care for a Female Patient  Spread the labia and move the washcloth from the pubic area toward the anal area.  Always proceed from the least contaminated area to the most contaminated area.  Use a clean portion of the washcloth for each stroke.  Rinse the washed areas well with plain water.

20 Providing Perineal Care for a Male Patient  Clean the tip of the penis first, moving the washcloth in a circular motion from the meatus outward.  Wash the shaft of the penis using downward strokes toward the pubic area.  Always proceed from the least contaminated area to the most contaminated area.  Rinse the washed areas well with plain water.

21 Questions?


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