The video where the nursing professional offers a bedpan shows how to perform the skill when a patient is capable of participating actively in the process. The nurse respects the patient’s dignity, independence, preferences, privacy, and safety by explaining the procedure and leaving when necessary (Mary Jean McCaffrey, 2018). However, several skills are not applied during the procedure, and critical aspects such as hygiene are not properly addressed. For example, the nurse did not change the gloves before taking the bedpan out and did not utilize the toilet paper properly.
Not all of the checklist’s actions were performed by the nurse, and their way of performing the procedure was not safe for the patient. Before the procedure, the patient was placed into the supine position as their bed adjusted to the flat state and then turned upright, but the demand in keeping their lower body covered was not followed by the nurse (Mary Jean McCaffrey, 2018). After returning the patient’s call, the nurse must put on other gloves, and in the video, that critical hygiene aspect was not addressed (Mary Jean McCaffrey, 2018). The nurse then carried the bedpan away, got rid of the contents, performed hand hygiene, and gave the call button back to the patient.
The nurse did not pay enough attention to hygiene, thus the client’s infection control was at risk. Indeed, using the same gloves while wiping a patient’s hands and disposing of toilet paper can lead to an intestinal infection developing. Cross-contamination could occur if the patient performed unusually and stain their bed or clothes, however, the video has not covered that question. In general, the demonstration was detailed, it mentioned all the basics of proper bedpan offering, but the errors related to hygiene were crucial.
Mary Jean McCaffrey. (2018). McCaffrey Placing a Bedpan or Fracture Pan [Video]. YouTube.