A 79-year-old female client with an indwelling catheter is receiving perineal care from an unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP). During the procedure, the nurse intervenes when the nursing assistant does which of the following?

Obtains hot water from the tap to pour on the client for perineal cleansing

Explanation

• Warm water (close to body temperature) is ideal to provide comfort and to avoid scald burns during perineal care. The UAP should not use hot water straight from the tap without testing it and adding cold water to obtain a safe and comfortable temperature first.

• It is recommended to wash from the front to the back of the perineum to prevent contaminating the vagina and urethra with organisms from the rectum.

• Clients should be covered as much as possible to prevent chills during the procedure.

• Gently pat dry the patient after the procedure.

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