Thursday, July 25, 2024

TREATING PEDICULOUS HAIR (HEAD) OF A PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT

Table of Contents

REQUIREMENTS #

  1. A tray containing the following:
    1. Fine-toothed comb
    2. Pipette
    3. Dressing comb and brush
    4. Gallipot with cotton wool swab
    5. Protective material
    6. Hair cover for nurse(s)
    7. Treatment lotion in gallipot (e.g. savlon, benzyl alcohol 5%, crotamiton 10% etc.)
    8. Receiver for used swabs
    9. Rubber apron
    10. Examination gloves
    11. Shampoo and conditioner
    12. Bath towel
  2. Screen

STEPS #

  1. Establish rapport (refer procedure)
  2. Explain procedure to patient
  3. Provide privacy
  4. Prepare and send tray to appropriate place
  5. Take patient to the appropriate place for the procedure
  6. Sit patient in a desired position
  7. Perform hand hygiene, put on rubber apron, hair cover and don gloves
  8. Cover the patient’s neck and chest with protective material
  9. Part the hair into small sections
  10. Apply treatment lotion to the hair at the various partings
  11. Spread treatment lotion in hair using pipette
  12. Cover the patient’s head with hair cover
  13. Leave hair covered according to the instructions of the treatment lotion used
  14. Wash hair (refer procedure) to remove the treatment lotion completely at the appropriate time
  15. Inspect and assess the scalp
  16. Use a fine-toothed comb to remove the nits that may have remained in the hair
  17. Comb and style hair according to patient’s preference
  18. Remove protective material, and leave patient dry and comfortable
  19. Express appreciation to patient and direct him/her to the next activity
  20. Remove screen, clear tray, decontaminate used items and perform hand hygiene
  21. Document procedure, report any abnormalities and indicate patient’s level of co-operation in the nurses’ notes/patient’s folder