Patients with mobility issues may be in need of catheter care, so as a CNA you’ll want to know how the process works. This is an important skill that will ensure any patient feels comfortable throughout the procedure. Cleaning and emptying pipes each day can help keep patients healthy while they recover at home, hospital, or elsewhere.
We will discuss how to provide catheter care for a female patient as a CNA. We will go over the procedure and possible complications. Through this blog post, you should be able to feel confident about providing catheter care for your patients with ease!
Here is a video demonstration of providing catheter care for females.
Provides Catheter Care for Female
The process for providing catering care for female during the CNA skills exam is as follows:
- Knock before entering the patient’s room, greet them by name while introducing yourself. Introduce how you’ll be cleaning their catheter and make sure they understand why this is necessary to ensure infection prevention. Wash your hands with antiseptic soap then lukewarm water after each time you handle a wet surface or fluids in order to prevent any harmful bacteria from spreading throughout the hospital setting.
- Fill water in a basin and let the patient touch it, feel how hot or cold you want her to be.
- You will need to adjust the bed level depending on what is most comfortable for your patient.
- Put on a pair of gloves before you begin this process. Lay the linen protector sheet below where they will be going to prevent any dirty materials from falling off onto the bedding and contaminating it too.
- Make sure to clear out the area around her bed so that you have enough space. Proceed by rolling the patient gently onto one side of their body before spreading a sheet under them and then back over for protection against germs on hospital surfaces.
- Uncover the patient and expose as little of her body to make sure she is comfortable. Wash their four inches near the perineal region with one stroke from the meatus, extending in one direction using a new washcloth for each stroke.
- You must clean the bed linen immediately if it gets dirty during this process. You might want to keep a spare set of sheets so you can change them out quickly when needed.
- Dispose of the linen protector sheet and bed linen.
- After catering care, lower her clothes and cover her with sheets and blankets.
- Empty and clean the washbasin, rinse all equipment used for cleaning, then dry everything to make sure it’s ready for next time.
- Next, You should remove your gloves and wash your hands.
- In the end, Ensure the patient has a clean environment, ask them if they’re comfortable, and give them their call light. These will help make sure that your patients are as happy as can be!
We hope you enjoyed this blog post on how to provide catheter care for a female patient. Now that you have all the basics, feel confident about providing your patients. If there are any other questions or concerns we didn’t cover in this article, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Remember to check out our other posts on CNA skills.