You Want Me to Touch you Where?
By Debra Clair, PhD, APRN, WOCN, WCC, DWC
Using intimate touch in wound care
Providing wound care requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. To become a wound care nurse entails taking classes, gaining and maintaining certifications, and acquiring on-the-job experience. But despite your education, knowledge, skills, and certifications, you may encounter problems when wound care requires you to touch the patient in a sensitive or embarrassing area. Touching the patient in these areas is called intimate touch. Intimate touch can cause feelings of discomfort, anxiety, and fear—for both you and your patient. This article offers advice on how to decrease everyone’s anxiety and discomfort around intimate touch.
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