Perineal Care

Perineal Care

Perineal care, which includes care of the external genitalia and the anal area, should be performed during the daily bath and, if necessary, at bedtime and after urination and bowel movements. The procedure promotes cleanliness and prevents infection. It also removes irritating and odorous secretions, such as smegma, a cheeselike substance that collects under the foreskin of the penis. For the patient with perineal skin breakdown, frequent bathing followed by application of an ointment or cream aids healing.

Follow standard precautions when providing perineal care, and give great consideration to the patient’s privacy.1

Preparation of Equipment

Obtain ointment or cream as needed. If using a basin, fill it two-thirds full with warm water.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Perineal Care

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