HealthCenter21: Patient Comfort

This module provides an introduction to procedures related to personal patient care. Students learn both morning and evening care procedures and how to observe patients for abnormalities and document and report those findings.

 

Unit: Patient Comfort Role Play


Description
In this activity, students work in pairs exploring the importance of talking to patients during procedures.

 

Unit: Observing Patients


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: patient comfort as they explore ways to help patients feel more comfortable, differentiate between subjective and objective observation, explain how the senses are used in observation, understand the importance of doing regular skin observation and detecting pressure ulcers. 

Lessons
  1. Patient Comfort 
  2. General Observation 
  3. Skin Observation 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Handling Bed Linens


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: the procedure of bedmaking and the role it plays on patient comfort as they learn proper body mechanics, safety precautions, types of linens, techniques for handling clean and soiled linens, and how to make mitered corners. 

Lessons
  1. Bedmaking 
  2. Linens 
  3. Mitered Corners 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Making Beds


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: making closed, unoccupied, open and occupied beds using proper body mechanics and safety precautions. 

Lessons
  1. Unoccupied Bed 
  2. Open Bed 
  3. Occupied Bed 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Perineal Care


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: perineal care and the need for sensitivity and proper safety precautions while providing it to both male and female patients. 

Lessons
  1. Perineal Care 
  2. Female Perineal Care 
  3. Male Perineal Care 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Hand and Foot Care


Description
This unit outlines appropriate hand and foot care. Students learn to identify the tools used and demonstrate hand and fingernail care. 

Lessons
  1. Hand Care 
  2. Foot Care 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Hair Care


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: proper hair care for patients as they identify hair types and proper hair products for each, signs of scalp diseases, technique for a bed shampoo, proper daily hair care, and facial shaving. 

Lessons
  1. Hair Care 
  2. Bed Shampoo 
  3. Daily Hair Care 
  4. Facial Shaving 
  5. Quiz

 

Unit: Oral Care


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: oral hygiene for patients as they learn how to provide daily oral care using safety precautions, special dental care, and denture care. 

Lessons
  1. Oral Care 
  2. Special Oral Care 
  3. Denture Care 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Dressing and Undressing


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: guidelines for assisting or dressing patients as they learn the procedures used in dressing and undressing patients with or without affected side and patients with an IV or other tubing. 

Lessons
  1. Dressing 
  2. Dressing with an IV 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Bathing


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: bathing and its benefits for patients as they learn to provide privacy and comfort during bathing and the types of baths, including complete bed bath, partial bed bath and tub, whirlpool, or shower. 

Lessons
  1. Bathing 
  2. Complete Bed Bath 
  3. Partial Bath 
  4. Tub or Whirlpool Bath 
  5. Shower 
  6. Quiz

 

Unit: Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: eyeglass and hearing aid care including how to optimize patient hearing by adjusting the environment, maintenance of hearing aids, and how to insert and remove hearing aids. 

Lessons
  1. Eyeglasses 
  2. Hearing Aids 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: AM and PM Care and Pain Management


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: AM and PM care. They will also explore the signs and symptoms of pain, describe how to use a pain scale, learn about types of noninvasive pain relief, and demonstrate a back rub. 

Lessons
  1. AM and PM Care 
  2. Signs and Symptoms 
  3. Backrub 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Reflection Questions and Discussion


Description
In this activity, students will journal about the link between patient comfort and well-being, the importance of observing patients, and how to handle patients with a variety of abilities. A class discussion on these topics can follow.

 

Unit: Mentoring Challenge


Description
In this project, students work individually as they act as an experienced assistant mentoring a new coworker. They will write tips and suggestions for the new employee and demonstrate how to prioritize tasks.

 

Unit: Patient Care Scenarios


Description
In this activity, students practice procedures learned in the module using various scenarios -- sometimes in less-than-ideal circumstances.

 

Unit: Current Event


Description
Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.

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