Do you give back-rubs and foot baths to your patients?
- 3Sep 10, '12 by siltAs a rule, if I'm not too tired, I always give backrubs and take care of my patients feet and legs. I do this on all of them. Others only wash their face and hands and that constitutes a bath. I am sometimes not done until 10:15 at night. Sometimes I'm questioned about why I took so long and I just tell them, "I did complete care on all of them."
No one really argues.
- 1Sep 10, '12 by sapphire18 GuideNo time for back rubs/foot baths(?). My patients get complete bed baths. I would feel slightly awkward giving a near-stranger a back rub. Idk, that's just me. We do have a pain management nurse that will perform therapeutic touch/reiki, though, if asked.
PS. Are you in the US?
- 1Sep 10, '12 by jcbhappyYes, touch is a very therapeutic measure of comfort and pain control. I am a brand new RN and make sure I use touch as measure of assessment (sp) and comfort. I had a COPD pt the other night that calmed simply because I gave her a back rub when asked. While doing that, I was able to assess her needs....Anxiety -vs- fluid overload, etc... It seems my COPD pt's along with painful pt's respond so much better with touch. (as long as they are comfortable with it...)
- 2Sep 11, '12 by ElladoraI don't now because I work in psych and we just don't go there.
However, when I was doing clinicals, that was one of the things we were taught and clients were always appreciative. We were taught it was just part of your nightly ADLs. I hate to see this getting pushed to the wayside but with ratios what they are, it's not something that gets done as much.
- 12Sep 11, '12 by PennyWiseNope.
Might be me being paranoid because I'm a male nurse but.............too much opportunity for............misunderstandings. Heck, I've had women accuse me of trying to "sneak a peak" because they happened to be on the bedside commode when I answered their call light. Not going to give someone like this any ammo.
I've heard patients complain that nurses don't do this anymore but..........meh, they'll get over it. Or they can hire someone for that.
- 3Sep 11, '12 by nursel56 GuideOffering a backrub was taught as standard HS care when I went to nursing school. Don't recall the foot bath though. Since I went straight to peds I've never actually given a backrub. Been offered one as a patient myself one time. That was back in 1986.
As I recall they were just a few minutes long and had a prescribed order of motions. You could use lotion or rubbing alcohol. Not exactly something you want to have Barry White playing in the background for.
- 3Sep 11, '12 by not.done.yet GuideNo, I don't. If the patient needed it, I would but honestly it feels a bit personal to me. I would not be comfortable with it. I had a patient who desperately wanted me to spend a lot of time scratching his back and it made me feel really awkward. I am sure that is just me, but I have pretty strict boundaries regarding personal space. I was not raised in a touchy family and have never been a hugger. I do try to touch my patient's hand or arm when I care for them and I do make a lot of eye contact, so it isn't an issue of avoiding intimacy, just physical intimacy. To me that is just too personal. I am, however, a very new nurse. It is likely I will get past it when the situation calls for it, but just as a means of pampering? No. I don't.
- 0Sep 11, '12 by Hygiene Queen, ADN, RN GuideI have to be careful in psych, but my gero pts get them when I can.
I used to do this much more as an aide, but I do try.
Our younger pts... no. That can be bad news and actually traumatic for some.
Otherwise, I see it as providing good skin care to my pts with poor skin integrity and goes right along with repositioning and bathing.