Patient Modesty

  1. Want to get feedback about how we all handle pt concerns about modesty and/or being naked as part of surgery. Concerns about who sees them and for how long? Why do they need to be naked? When is the gown removed, etc? How much do you tell them? How do you handle pt that is concerned about students practicing pelvic exams on them without concent? How to handle the situation when after the surgery they realize they had been "exposed"?
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  2. 85 Comments

  3. by   RN BSN 2009
    Is this in regards to religious beliefs?
  4. by   creinkent
    It could be, but it is also maybe coming from fear.
  5. by   RN BSN 2009
    I understand. My religion calls for modesty, but it's much different in a medical setting. Obviously if I'm getting a life saving surgery it doesnt matter who sees me. I would hope to have drapes over the parts of my body that are not being actively operated on. Does your workplace allow the patient to have a preference of the gender of the OR staff?
  6. by   RN BSN 2009
    I dont know how much this will help, but here's an interesting blog

    Bioethics Discussion Blog: Patient Modesty: A More Significant Issue?
  7. by   creinkent
    Yes - that is a good blog as well as the "Naked" companion blog. ICEYspots - have you had any experience with this?
  8. by   RN BSN 2009
    Well I'm still a student, but I am a muslim. My religion obviously calls for female modesty. But I respect the fact that health care workers doctors, nurses, OT, RT are PROFESSIONALS that need to see my body in order to assess my condition. I have had a couple surgeries, and I have requested that I could be as covered up as much as possible, unless it will hinder the care rendered.
  9. by   nurseangel47
    Um, hello! These folks are having surgery, for goodness sake...what do they expect....an old timey version of when doc's used the earphone megapieces that didn't even touch a woman's parts? Ridiculous in this day and age for folks to think about or worry whether any of their nether regions have been "seen" during surgery! Geeeezzzzz...religious views or not, they are having surgery! They made the decision to have it, hence, should be glad that they have the option of surgery! I never ever had this question or anything even remotely like this modesty in regards to surgical patients....where do these people come from with their questions???
  10. by   RN BSN 2009
    Quote from nurseangel47
    Um, hello! These folks are having surgery, for goodness sake...what do they expect....an old timey version of when doc's used the earphone megapieces that didn't even touch a woman's parts? Ridiculous in this day and age for folks to think about or worry whether any of their nether regions have been "seen" during surgery! Geeeezzzzz...religious views or not, they are having surgery! They made the decision to have it, hence, should be glad that they have the option of surgery! I never ever had this question or anything even remotely like this modesty in regards to surgical patients....where do these people come from with their questions???
    You also have to consider the professionalism of the staff. I'm sure there are many crazy things said while under anesthesia.
  11. by   RN BSN 2009
    Would you consider my request too demanding?
  12. by   nurseangel47
    Ask me this question when you're NOT a "student"!!!
  13. by   RN BSN 2009
    Do your religious convictions call for modesty?
  14. by   nurseangel47
    MY religious convictions are none of your business and do not have a THING to do with the original text of the above thread. Either you need surgery or a procedure or you don't either you want it done or you don't. I personally have better things to do with my time than worry and wonder whether or not the unconscious patient is muslim or otherwise and if they are there for a procedure or surgery, then the part to be uncovered is uncovered, period. I am not into vulgar strip the covers back, let it all hang out kinda of health care professional....I am a PROFESSIONAL, period.
    I don't get kicks outta seeing ANYONE naked....except maybe my husband.
    So...this has not a thing to do with my religion. Nor yours if you want/need the surgery badly enough.
    Ya want us to cut a hole in the bed sheet next time and just aim blindly for some body part? Geez...you're the person who'd sue, too, in case we missed the body part we were going in for thru the hold in the sheet to contain "your modesty due to religious preferences..."

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