I was taught in nursing school that you ALWAYS clean up a body after death. How would you like to say goodbye to your loved one who is lying in a puddle of their own excrement or covered in vomit!!! I didn't know there were places that don't do this..I'm shocked! I always give the family the option to leave or stay if they feel comfortable. I don't always give a full bath if they've had one recently but I ALWAYS do peri care, wash their face and hands and comb their hair, put a fresh gown on......ALWAYS. Not only is it respectful to the patient who has just passed I also believe it shows the family that we really did care for their loved one.
Sorry about the vent but this is a pet peeve of mine, I've had problems in the past with aides who would not help clean a body, other nurses who complained about "having" to do it while washing the body. I don't care if the person is dead you don't complain about them while you are working on them. :angryfire Some people will say that it's just a body...blah, blah, blah. Yes but it is also someone mother/father, sister/brother, wife/husband. I would want my family members body taken care of respectfully and want them freshly cleaned when I come in to say my last goodbye.