medicated tub bath

medicated tub bath

a therapeutic bath in which medication is dispersed in water, usually in the treatment of dermatological disorders.
method The amount of medication and the amount and temperature of the water are specified in the order for the bath. The water is run, the medication is added, and the solution is stirred with a bath thermometer to disperse the medication while testing the water temperature, usually between 96° F (35.6° C) and 100° F (37.8° C) but possibly as high as 103° F (39.4° C), as in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris. Most medicated baths are prescribed as half-hour treatments. A folded towel or waterproof pillow is placed behind the head, and a towel is draped over the shoulders to enhance the patient's comfort. In certain conditions the patient may be asked to scrub affected areas with a brush and washcloth. In others the patient is instructed not to scrub at all. After the bath the skin is patted dry and any ointment, cream, or other topical prescription is applied.
interventions The reason for the treatment is explained to the patient, and instructions are given not to get out of the tub without assistance and not to add water without calling the nurse. If the patient is to scrub the affected areas, the necessary equipment is taken to the bath. The tub is thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed before and after the treatment.
outcome criteria The medicated bath is usually soothing, relaxing, and comforting for the patient. Close attention to instructing the patient fully and to ensuring comfort during the procedure improves compliance with the treatment.
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