Hi all. I am a brand new RN on a slow stream rehab floor. I just thought of an interaction that I had with a patient and was wondering your opinions on it. I entered a patient's room to administer some afternoon meds. A family member was visiting and I asked the patient infront of the family member if they "felt wet". This pt is most often incontinent and sometimes confused and does not tell staff when they need a change.. Looking back it seems kind of insensitive on my part and could make the pt feel embarassed- but it is something that shouldn't be ignored. The pt said they didn't know and they family member stepped out so I could check. So do you ask in front of family members if a pt needs a change? What words do you use?
Thanks for your input,