How to Provide Patient Foot Care:
3 Towels (One for tray table, one for left foot, one for right foot)
1 Pair of Gloves
Knock on the door, introduce yourself, and what you’re doing
Greet the patient by name and check their ID to confirm identity
Provide for privacy by closing the curtains
Wash your hands
Gather the linens and supplies and place on the towel-covered tray table
Place the Chux pad on the floor in front of the patient
Put on your gloves
Place the washcloth in the basin, and place one towel over the rinse basin to keep it from getting cold
Remove the patient's shoes or socks and place under the chair
Check the temperature of water with your wrist, dry your wrist on the barrier towel
Allow the patient to check the water temperature with their heel before placing their entire foot in the water basin
Put soap on one washcloth and start to wash the foot
Wash the top of the foot with one side, the bottom of the foot with the other side, and between toes with each corner of the washcloth
Remember to never touch your hands together, always use one hand
Rinse the patient’s foot thoroughly in the basin
Repeat step 11-15 with the other foot
Remove the patient’s foot and pat it dry on the top, bottom, and in between toes, using different part of the cloth each time.
Using lotion, warm a drop in your hands and rub lotion on the top and bottom of the foot
Do not put lotion in between the patient’s toes
Pat dry any excess lotion
Put on the socks and smooth out the wrinkles
Place the feet in the patient’s shoes and place both feed on the on ground
Clean the area by rinsing the basin twice with scalding water
Pat the basin dry with clean paper towels and dispose of all dirty linens and trash
Store basins and supplies with clean DRY paper towels.
Take off gloves and wash hands
Ask the patient how they would like the head of the bead
Place the call light in the patient’s hand and close the curtains
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