Personal Hygiene

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    Hi! My name is Diana Shenefield, and we’re going to talk during this lecture about personal hygiene. Now, you may think, “Really? That’s the topic for NCLEX?” But there’s a lot more about personal hygiene than just taking a shower or taking a bath. We’re going to talk a little about how important it is, not only for our patient’s wellbeing but for their skin and for disease prevention. So we’re going to look at what kind of problems people can get into, by not taking care of their skin, not taking care of their body, not being able to go about their activities of daily living. One of the things we look at, as nurses, is we want to encourage our patients for self-care. And so if they can’t take care of themselves, what kind of complications can happen? And what can we do to get them to the point where they can’t care for themselves. We’re going to look out at assessing and intervening when patients can’t go about their activities of daily living. We’re going to look at performing post-mortem care. Now, you may think, why is that on this topic? And honestly, I think NCLEX just needed a place to kind of stick that so when you’re doing your review, you can talk about it. But again, post-mortem care does have a lot to do with hygiene, cleansing the body. So we’re going to talk a little bit about that as well. So, our practice question for this topic is a nurse is bathing a febrile patient. So think about your patients that have had fevers, whether you’re actually sticking them in a bathtub or whether you’re just sponge bathing them. Why should the nurse use tepid water? So, what is tepid water? It’s water that’s...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Personal Hygiene by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Personal Hygiene
    • Review of factors to perform hygiene
    • Review of Hygiene topics
    • Post-Mortem Care

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Side-lying
    2. Semi-Fowler’s
    3. Prone
    4. Supine
    1. Assess for additional risk factors that may contribute to foot problems
    2. File the nails straight across with an emery board
    3. Ensure a practitioner’s order for hygienic foot care is obtained
    4. Teach the patient that daily foot care is essential to health feet

    Author of lecture Personal Hygiene

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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