Assisting a Client to Shave Using a Razor
Many men shave every day and this should be continued during illness. Shaving promotes client comfort by removing whiskers that may itch and irritate the skin. A facial shave can be performed using an electric or blade razor. If a client is unable to shave independently, the nurse will need to assist or perform the procedure for the client. It is the responsibility of the nurse to ensure that suitable care plans are devised to meet hygiene needs.
Assisting with hygiene provides an ideal opportunity for the nurse to observe and assess the client for any abnormalities or changes in health status. Nurses must, on every occasion, seek the consent of the client prior to commencing any personal hygiene procedure.