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Nursing Skills Laboratory Procedure


Shampooing a Patient's Hair in Bed

Achievement of SATISFACTORY in all categories is necessary

Student's Name: ____________________

Grade (circle one):

P = achieved 3 or above in all categories

F = achieved 2 or below in one or more categories

The following scale is utilized:

1 = Failing 2 = Unsatisfactory 3 = Satisfactory 4 = Good 5 = Superior

ACTION
S
G SA U
F
  • Gather the supplies
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  • Explain the procedure to the patient
5 4 3 2 1
  • Wash and dry hands carefully
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place the supplies on the patient's overbed table
5 4 3 2 1
  • Move the patient's overbed table to the head of one side of the bed
5 4 3 2 1
  • Take several pitchers to the bathroom, turn on the water, adjust the water coming out of the faucet until it feels warm to your wrist, and fill them with warm water
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place the pitchers of warm water onto the patient's overbed table
5 4 3 2 1
  • Draw the curtain around the bed for privacy
5 4 3 2 1
  • Go to and stand as close as possible at one side of the bed, in line with the patient's waistline
5 4 3 2 1
  • Lock the wheels of the bed
5 4 3 2 1
  • Raise the bed to waist level and lower the head of the bed to a horizontal position or as low as the patient can tolerate
5 4 3 2 1
  • Lower the siderail closest to you and the overbed table with the pitchers of warm water
5 4 3 2 1
  • Remove any devices from the patient's hair (e.g., pins, ribbons, etc.)
5 4 3 2 1
  • Brush or comb the patient's hair to remove any tangles
5 4 3 2 1
  • Remove the patient's pillow from under his/her head and neck
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place a protective plastic sheet or pad on the bed under the patient's head
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place a towel over the patient's chest and tuck it under his/her chin and shoulders
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place a folded washcloth where the patient's neck rests on the edge of a plastic shampoo tray
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place the plastic shampoo tray, with the folded washcloth where the patient's neck rests on the edge of the plastic shampoo tray, underneath the patient's head and neck and on top the the protective plastic sheet or pad
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place a receiving receptacle on a chair under the spout of the plastic shampoo tray so that the water used during shampooing of the patient's hair in bed is constantly directed from the spout of the plastic shampoo tray into the receiving receptacle
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place a folded, wet washcloth over the patient's eyes to prevent soap and water from entering his/her eyes
5 4 3 2 1
  • Place cotton balls into the patient's ears to prevent soap and water from entering his/her external auditory ear canals
5 4 3 2 1
  • Pour a pitcher of water over the patient's head, directed into the plastic shampoo tray, and thoroughly wet his/her scalp and all strands of his/her hair
5 4 3 2 1
  • Apply shampoo to the patient's scalp and systematically massage all areas of his/her scalp and strands of his/her hair with the pads of the fingertips of the hands to make a good lather
5 4 3 2 1
  • Pour a pitcher of water over the patient's head and into the plastic shampoo tray a second time to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from his/her scalp and all strands of his/her hair
5 4 3 2 1
  • Apply shampoo to the patient's scalp a second time and systematically massage all areas of his/her scalp and strands of his/her hair with the pads of the fingertips of the hands to make a good lather
5 4 3 2 1
  • Pour a pitcher of water over the patient's head and into the plastic shampoo tray a third time to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from his/her scalp and all strands his/her hair
5 4 3 2 1
  • Squeeze as much water as possible out of all strands of the patient's hair
5 4 3 2 1
  • Apply conditioiner to the patient's hair, if desired, and systematically work conditioner into all strands of his/her hair with the pads of the fingertips of the hands
5 4 3 2 1
  • Pour a pitcher of water over the patient's head and into the plastic shampoo tray a fourth time to thoroughly rinse the conditioner from all strands of the patient's hair if conditioner was applied
5 4 3 2 1
  • Squeeze as much water as possible out of all strands of the patient's hair
5 4 3 2 1
  • Remove the plastic shampoo tray from under the patient's head and neck
5 4 3 2 1
  • Wrap the patient's head in a dry towel
5 4 3 2 1
  • Dry the patient's hair by rubbing it with the dry towel
5 4 3 2 1
  • Comb the patient's hair free of tangles
5 4 3 2 1
  • Continue drying the patient's hair further with a blow dryer set at "warm", if desired
5 4 3 2 1
  • Remove the towel and discard in a linen hamper
5 4 3 2 1
  • Lower the bed to the lowest level
5 4 3 2 1
  • Raise the siderail nearest you
5 4 3 2 1
  • Assure that the patient's call light is readily available
5 4 3 2 1
  • Wash and dry hands carefully
5 4 3 2 1
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