Repeat cleansing to remove all exudate from meatus and catheter.
(9) Open package of sterile cotton-tipped applicators. Do not touch cotton
tip. Apply Betadine ointment to applicator. Do not touch wrapper to cotton tip.
(10) Apply ointment to junction of catheter and urethral meatus.
(11) Remove your gloves. Clean and store equipment. Dispose of
contaminated supplies in proper receptacle.
(12) Wash your hands.
(13) Position the patient for comfort.
1-10. ADMINISTERING THE BACKRUB
a. General. The backrub is usually administered after the patient's bath. It
should be offered to the patient because it promotes relaxation, relieves muscular
tension, and stimulates circulation. During the backrub, the specialist is able to observe
the patient's skin. To give an effective backrub, the specialist will massage the back for
3 to 5 minutes (figure 1-10).
Figure 1-10. Administer a backrub.
b. Important Points.
(1) The backrub is contraindicated if the patient has such conditions as
fractures of the ribs or vertebral column, burns, pulmonary embolism, or open wounds.
(2) Monitor pulse and blood pressure of those patients with a history of
hypertension or dysrhythmias.