Following is the procedure for administering a shampoo to a patient in
(a) Place a newspaper on the chair and the bucket on the newspaper.
Place the pitcher of water, shampoo, comb, brush, and one of the two bath towels on
the bedside cabinet.
(b) Move the patient to the near side of the bed. Lower the bed to a
(c) Pull the pillow down under the patient's shoulders to assisting
extending the neck. Fold one bath towel around the neck.
(d) Place the narrow side of the rubber sheet under his head and over
the edge of the pillow. Roll the sides of the sheet to improvise a trough, and place the
free end in the bucket.
Give the patient a washcloth for his eyes and face.
Check provisions for water drainage before pouring any water.
(g) Wet his hair and apply shampoo. Lather and rinse it.
(h) Reapply shampoo and rinse the hair again repeatedly until his hair
is "squeaky clean." (A woman will require more rinse water than a man, but otherwise
the procedure is unchanged.)
(i) Slip a dry towel under the patient's bed. Then roll and remove the
rubber sheet. Pull the pillow up into its normal place.
Dry the hair by gently rubbing it with a clean towel.
Remove the equipment and wipe up any water spilled on the floor.
Assist the patient to comb and brush his hair with a clean comb and
1-16. URINAL AND BEDPAN ASSISTANCE
a. General. Although bed patients realize the necessity of eliminating body
wastes, they sometimes feel embarrassed when the need arises to ask for and use a
urinal or bedpan. Medical personnel should reduce the unpleasant aspects as much as
possible and assist the patient to maintain proper elimination with the least exertion.
The urinal or bedpan is provided promptly anytime one is requested. In addition, bed
patients are usually offered one before meals and before visiting hours. After each use,
the patient and medical personnel must wash their hands.