Soak in warm water to soften nails and loosen foreign particles.
Prevent spread of microorganisms.
Obtain physician's order if necessary.
(b) Emesis basin.
(d) Hand towel.
Nail clippers, emery board, and orangewood stick.
(g) Disposable bath mat.
(h) Disposable gloves (optional).
Wash hands, and arrange supplies within easy reach.
(5) Position patient in chair, place disposable mat under patient's feet if
possible, and provide patient with privacy.
(6) Fill the basin with water at 100 to 110F (38 to 44C). Place the basin
on a disposable mat and help patient place feet into basin. Soak feet for 15 to 20
minutes, rewarming water as necessary (figure 1-8).
(7) Place overbed table in low position in front of the patient. Fill emesis
basin with water at 100 to 110F (38 to 44C). Place the basin on the table and place
patient's fingers into basin. Soak fingernails 10 to 20 minutes; rewarm water as
necessary (figure 1-9).