Quote from santhony44
Wouldn't this be the same as a back rub?
We learned to do those when I was in nursing school, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They were done after the bath and, often, at bedtime. It is relaxing for the patient, is a comfort measure, and offers an excellent opportunity to assess the skin.
Nothing sexual about it. I don't recall ever having a patient misinterpret a back rub as anything sexual.
Well I guess if they taught it to you when the dianosaurs roamed, the old saying is true 'everything old is new again" because I am in nursing school now
and that was one of the FIRST things were were taught when we were taught personal care and again when taught assessment.. they emphasized that it was a great time and way to assess the skin, promote comfort, ease stress and relax the patient. Not to mention the benefits of up-ing the circulation to the area. I was taught to give a back rub back in the day when i became a CNA too.
I always give a back, foot and hand massage during AM care when in clinicals. Of course I have the time since I only have one patient assigned to me. But even when a CNA with a heavy pt load, I always gave a back rub w/lotion to my residents during AM care.
Oh BTW, Daytonite, no fears, how to perform AM and PM care, what a draw sheet is and what its used for and how to give a theraputic massage was all taught to me in my nursing class. I guess I'm lucky in that I attend a school that still teaches basic nursing care. I do know of some friends who attended different schools and they weren't taught those things..uggh! you are so right about thanking the insurance companies..don't waste time doing it, just get them in and out ASAP