Monday, May 27, 2024

SPOON FEEDING OF AN ADULT ILL PATIENT

Table of Contents

REQUIREMENTS #

  1. A tray containing:
    1. Food
    2. Spoon
    3. Bottle of drinking water
    4. Cup
    5. Napkins
    6. Serviette
  2. A bowl of water
  3. Hand washing soap
  4. Bedpan/urinal if necessary
  5. Mouth wash

STEPS #

  1. Establish rapport (Refer to steps)
  2. Explain the procedure to the patient and inform him/her about the kind of food about to serve
  3. Ask patient if he/she want to empty the bladder/bowel before eating
  4. Offer bedpan/urinal if required
  5. Assist patient to perform hand hygiene
  6. Perform hand hygiene and prepare meal tray
  7. Put patient into a desirable position
  8. Give patient a mouth wash
  9. Bring food in a tray to patient’s bedside and place it on the cardiac table
  10. Protect patient’s clothing with the serviette
  11. Ensure patient is in a comfortable position and ask if prayer is preferred
  12. Sit beside the patient if convenient to make patient feel relaxed
  13. Take food by spoon in small bits into patient’s mouth not too far back
  14. Allow patient time to chew and swallow
  15. Coordinate the opening of the mouth while introducing the food
  16. Continue feeding until patient is satisfied
  17. Give water intermittently as required by patient
  18. Clean patient’s lips and give a mouth wash
  19. Remove serviette and reposition patient comfortable
  20. Encourage patient to comment on the food served
  21. Congratulate patient and discard tray
  22. Dispose off tray and wash items
  23. Perform hand hygiene and document on appropriate charts (manual or electronic)