I am currently on placement within an acute setting of a general hospital. The ward in which I am a student is a haematology ward which is defined as 'the branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs'.(World net web, 2013) Within the ward patients can receive a wide range of treatments such as chemotherapy, bone marrows, platelets and all blood related disorder medicine. Throughout my time in the ward I have been exposed to a wide range of activities in which I have assisted other health care assistants in doing. I was asked by a staff nurse within the ward to assisted a HCA in giving a man a bed bath as he has become weak from receiving platelets and iv antibiotics to which he had a reaction too. 'Platelets are irregularly-shaped, colourless bodies that are present in blood. Their sticky surface lets them, along with other substances, form clots to stop bleeding'. (The Franklin Institute 1996). The gentleman which I will refer to as Mr Brown. A name in which is fictional to safeguard the confidentiality of the resident. 'You must respect people's right to confidentiality' (NMC 2012) In addition to this it complies with the data protection act 1989. Before I begin the task at hand I gather three large towel from the designated laundry cupboard, put on my apron and gloves which adhere to PPE regulations.(mentor 2013). I ask Mr Brown if he has personal toiletries he would like me to use, which he does so I gather from his personal cupboard. I explain to Mr Brown who I am and that I will assist the HCA in washing him today would that be ok with him. He agrees, allowing me to begin the rest of the task associated with bed bathing a patient.
I begin to gather all the equipment I need to begin the bed bath. I retrieve his personal basin which sits behind his cupboard I run the water until it is of a Luke warm temperature, I squeeze in his personal body wash and flannel. Returning...