Shaving hair is one of the important activities for a patient to look well-groomed. However, intensive care patients or patients with other disabilities may need assistance with such activities. Also, some patients may not be able to skillfully shave themselves which may result in accidental cuts. Apart from pain and bleeding, such cuts also act as an entry point for the disease-causing microorganisms to enter the body. Therefore, shaving patients becomes one of the important tasks for the nursing assistant. To avoid accidents, the nursing assistant should use proper equipment for shaving.
The nursing assistant should perform the following actions when shaving patients:
- Apply a thin layer of shaving cream or a towel soaked in lukewarm water to areas that are to be shaved. Using a warm towel softens the skins and makes it easier to shave.
- Use an electric razor for shaving, as manual razors increase the risk for cuts and bleeding.
- Stretch the skin if required and shave in the direction where the hair grows.
- After shaving, wash the patient’s face and pat it dry with a towel.