FEMALE PERINEAL CARE

  1. Explains procedure, speaking clearly, slowly and directly, maintaining face-to-face contact whenever possible
  2. Privacy is provided with a curtain, screen or door
  3. Before washing checks water temperature for safety and comfort and asks client to verify comfort of water
  4. Puts on clean gloves before washing perineal area
  5. Places pad/linen protector under perineal area before washing
  6. Exposes perineal area while avoiding overexposure of client
  7. Applies soap to wet washcloth
  8. Washes genital area, moving from front to back, while using a clean area of the washcloth for each stroke
  9. Using clean washcloth, rinses soap from genital area, moving from front to back, while using a clean area of the washcloth for each stroke
  10. Dries genital area moving from front to back with towel
  11. After washing genital area, turns to side, then washes and rinses rectal area moving from front to back using a clean area of washcloth for each stroke. Dries with towel
  12. Repositions client
  13. Empties, rinses and dries basin
  14. After rinsing basin, places basin in designated dirty supply area
  15. Disposes of used linen into soiled linen container and disposes of linen protector appropriately
  16. Avoids contact between candidate clothing and used linen
  17. After disposing of used linen, and placing used equipment in designated dirty supply area, removes and disposes of gloves (without contaminating self) into waste container and washes hands
  18. Signaling device is within reach and bed is in low position