(3) While washing individual areas, the skin should be checked thoroughly
for breakdown. During washing, range of motion should be done.
(4) When supporting binders and leg bandages are used, the specialist
finds out in advance if they can be removed for skin cleansing, and if they are to be
reapplied. The patient receiving a bed bath will often have tubing attachments that must
be handled so that they continue to function as he is moved and turned. All tubing must
be carefully checked before and immediately after position changes.
(5) Avoid chilling and unnecessarily exposing the patient. Provide for
privacy with the compartment curtain or screen.
Change bath water when it becomes cold, dirty, or excessively soapy.
Do not place soap in bath water. Too much suds will prevent adequate
Patients with diabetes mellitus will require special foot care.
Expose only those body parts being bathed (figure 1-3).
(10) Don gloves if danger of contact with body fluids exist.
(11) Maintain a neat, clean work area.
Figure 1-3. Bed bath/partial bath.