Bed Bathing: Introduction (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:04 Welcome to bathing a client in the bed and making an occupied bed.

    00:08 This is a really helpful skill for the patient because it helps promote dignity and comfort.

    00:14 Now most of the time when we bathe the client in the bed, we will soil their linen, they'll get wet, and they'll definitely need a bed change, so you're post of in going to change the bed or the occupied bed.

    00:25 So we'll talk you through these skills.

    00:28 So let's look at the bed bath specifically first.

    00:31 So let's take a look at some of the things we're going to need.

    00:34 We're going to need a bath blanket, and your facility are going to have these and typically that's going to differentiate from a regular blanket you use on a patient's bed.

    00:43 We're going to use a skin cleanser.

    00:45 Now this is important because usually your hospital facility will have a specific mild skin cleanser.

    00:52 Now this is going to be patient's preference, sometimes they may want to use their own.

    00:56 Also make sure you have plenty of towels and wash cloths.

    00:59 Now it's great to have a bath basin for example, that way we can put the mild soap in the water and also our wash cloths.

    01:08 And we want to make sure we have fresh linens and a fresh patient gown, so after the bath we can change these for the patient.

    01:15 And don't forget about a hairbrush or comb after the bath is complete.

    01:24 Hi, guys. Welcome to the skill doing a bed bath.

    01:27 So before we get started we have a couple of things we need to cover.

    01:30 Also if you have help, I got help here, Dean with me today.

    01:35 He's going to help me do a bed bath.

    01:37 So just know it's great to have two people.

    01:39 If you don't, and your patient can help you, you can definitely give a bed bath by yourself, just remember safety throughout.

    01:46 Okay, so before we get started, we performed our hand hygiene and put on our gloves.

    01:51 Also, before you get started with your patient, make sure you have all the supplies that you need.

    01:56 Okay, so let me talk you through a couple of these.

    01:58 So because we're going to get the patients gown wet and the linens wet, it's always great to have a fresh set of linens, so make sure you have that.

    02:06 Also a really nice helpful tip is use something called a bath blanket.

    02:11 So these look like the white blankets basically in the hospital, it's going to look like this.

    02:15 So this is really helpful to promote privacy, also kind of help prevent chilling as well when you're doing a bed bath for your patient.

    02:23 Make sure you have plenty of towels, plenty of extra washcloths as well, and depending on what you need, this is really great to help you.

    02:32 This is a bath basin.

    02:34 So this is what we're going to use to put our lukewarm water or our warm water in and our mild soap.

    02:40 Now, sometimes, you may just give a very quick bath with maybe bath wipes for example looking like this.

    02:47 So these are really handy, but, they're not near as thorough as giving a good old fashioned water-soap bed bath.

    02:55 So today, the water-soap bed bath is what we're going to demonstrate for you.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Bed Bathing: Introduction (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Bed Bathing and Making an Occupied Bed (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Washcloths, towels, bath basin, bath blanket
    2. Washcloths, towels, bath basin, client's medications
    3. Washcloths, towels, bath basin, shoes
    4. Washcloths, towels, bath blanket, dressings
    5. Client's medications, towels, dressings, bath basin
    1. Hand hygiene
    2. Cover the patient with a bath blanket
    3. Wash the patient’s head and face
    4. Fill the bath basin with warm water

    Author of lecture Bed Bathing: Introduction (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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