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OK, very interesting conversation--- only nurses are so concerned with poo and hairy butts.... Now this is slightly off subject; but once the butts are clean, why not put some more shaving cream on there and actually shave it? I have done this with long term pts who are demented or unconscious. It does make clean up the next time much easier. All my coworkers have appreciated it AND I think it is cleaner for the patient.... As stated earlier be sure to use shaving creme without alcohol OR menthol..... dan

That doesn't sound like a very good idea (shaving). Sounds itchy.

Didn't mean to offend any one... I'm not talking about a baby butt smooth shave..... and not every butt that walks through the door; in fact if they walk through the door that pretty musch means they don't need it.....just a quick once over every month or so on long term pts with incontinence..... and believe me, it's not convenient. It helps keep the pt cleaner. d

This was a trick I learned while a CNA in a nursing home - old time aides taught this one to me - and I was just talking with a nurse the other night that worked as an aide while she was in school - and she did it too!

Didn't mean to offend any one... I'm not talking about a baby butt smooth shave..... and not every butt that walks through the door; in fact if they walk through the door that pretty musch means they don't need it.....just a quick once over every month or so on long term pts with incontinence..... and believe me, it's not convenient. It helps keep the pt cleaner. d

Dan... I don't see anything you wrote where someone else should be offended, I just disagree with the practice because it can be itchy.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

Rather than shave hair, we used scissors to clip the hair very carefully. I was always a little leary of using a razor to shave. I remember having a conversation once about using the facility electric shaver, but decided against this for the reason of where it was going to be used!

Today, standard of care is to use clippers with disposable heads. And Dan, I think you should be commended for trying to go the extra step for your patients that can't take care of themselves. When my time comes, I hope I have someone as consciences as you!

chadash

Specializes in Nursing assistant.

Use something like a beard trimmer? That'll work.

I will hopefully be a nurse in May of 2007 -I am a junior right now, but I have to say I find this fascinating! I've never heard of shaving cream for these uses..LOL. I don't currently work in a nursing home or elsewhere but had a friend who talked about the workers where she worked (nursing home), wanting to shave the female patient who could not consent for herself (or at least cut/trim the hair). Her husband who was quite old as she was, refused to allow them to do this-threw a fit it appears and would not allow it even though the reasons were explained to him. unreal! Who's to say? Myself I'd hope to have someone conscientious taking care of all my needs if I ever get put in that position.

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