Essay about Bed Bathing Patients in a Hospital -- Nursing

*You can actually check many youtube videos online on the procedures for a sponge bath. The idea or central principles are the same, just that the steps taken might have some tweaks.

There you have it, the steps involved in giving a bed sponge bath. We personally feel that it is better to go for an actual real bath in the toilet. Hence, if the resident is a bedridden, put him/her on a patient trolley or wheelchair and push him/her into the toilet safely. Of course, there must be an additional pair of helping hands for this kind of endeavour. This time round, we use the soap and shower generously. We are of the opinion that this is cleaner and preferred by the residents. Somehow with sponge baths, we don’t think it is really that clean. Do remember to towel dry thoroughly since we are using a higher volume of water this time round. The time taken for both the sponge bed bath and actual real bath in the toilet can more or less be the same if done efficiently. Remember this: Quality matters! No point doing more sponge baths if it is done in a hurried manner.

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nineteen patients aged 61 ± 17.39 years participated in the study. A quantitative analysis was conducted on the P substance (PS) in the saliva collected before and during a bed bath, using the ELISA method. Program Graph Pad Prisma 6 was used to analyze the data. The verification of normality was made through the Shapiro Wilk test, which determined the choice for the Wilcoxon nonparametric test.

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The first one concerns the choice of the method, which is not often used in nursing studies, mainly when a scientific aura is needed to a technical care procedure, in this case the bed bath. The second challenge was the attempt for capturing nonverbal language, the subjectivity of bodies in a coma, unable to speak but expressing themselves through signs such as the increase in the heart rate, in the systolic blood pressure, facial expression changes and that which is objective and measurable; in other words, elements that pertain not only to the category of signs, but are also present in biochemical body fluids such as PS in the saliva. The third challenge consisted in testing the bed bath as a procedure inducing pain, therefore deserving special and sensitive attention from professionals who conduct it, once they will be able to interfere when broadening their abilities to touch and look. The fourth and probably the most complex challenge was to establish a connection between a procedure that pertains to the semio-technique of nursing and another procedure of the biochemistry area. When they are articulated, they can guide us as to how we must behave when caring for comatose patients. The fifth and last challenge consisted in our efforts to understand that the bed bath can cause pain in comatose patients, which means demystifying the idea that this moment is a source of comfort. This requires another mindset from professionals once they understand that the activation of PS is a biological marker for the existence of pain also in an act of care.

The objective of this study was to verify whether comatose patients feel pain during the bed bath nursing procedure.
when caring for comatose patients during a bed bath, professionals cause or add painful stimuli; therefore, they feel pain.

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professional and ethical issues involved in bed bathing a patient/client in a hospital setting.

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does anyone have any tips or advice on how to make a patient feel comfortable for bed baths??

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