Personal Hygiene Care

Personal Hygiene Care

Author(s): Lindsay Dingwall

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

Print ISBN: 9781405163071

Online ISBN: 9781444318708

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318708

About this Book

Meeting the hygiene needs of patients is a fundamental aspect of nursing care. This practical and introductory guide outlines and emphasises the nursing skills required to meet the essential personal hygiene care needs of patients in various healthcare settings.

It explores care of the eyes, ears, mouth, nails and hair, and provides evidence-based rationales for each procedure. Methods of washing the patient are discussed, and bed-making and patient positioning is explored. Each chapter provides the necessary anatomy and physiology, as well as common conditions, safety issues, privacy and dignity, cultural and religious considerations and infection control issues.


  • Identifies the theoretical base underpinning clinical procedures
  • Provides a research and evidence base for nursing practice
  • Equips registered and non-registered staff with the knowledge to carry out safe care delivery relating to meeting hygiene needs
  • Incorporates recommendations from The Essence of Care

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