Definition Bag technique – a tool making use of public health bag through which the nurse, during his

/her home visit, can perform nursing procedures with ease and deftness, saving time and effort with the end in view of rendering effective nursing care. Public health bag - is an essential and indispensable equipment of the public health nurse which he/she has to carry along when he/she goes out home visiting. It contains basic medications and articles which are necessary for giving care. Rationale To render effective nursing care to clients and /or members of the family during home visit. Principles 1. The use of the bag technique should minimize if not totally prevent the spread of infection from individuals to families, hence, to the community. 2. Bag technique should save time and effort on the part of the nurse in the performance of nursing procedures. 3. Bag technique should not overshadow concern for the patient rather should show the effectiveness of total care given to an individual or family. 4. Bag technique can be performed in a variety of ways depending upon agency policies, actual home situation, etc., as long as principles of avoiding transfer of infection is carried out. Special Considerations in the Use of the Bag 1. The bag should contain all necessary articles, supplies and equipment which may be used to answer emergency needs. 2. The bag and it’s contents should be cleaned as often as possible, supplies replaced and ready for use at any time. 3. The bag and it’s contents should be well protected from contact with any article in the home of the patients. Consider the bag and it’s contents clean and /or sterile while any article belonging to the patient as dirty and contaminated. 4. The arrangement of the contents of the bag should be the one most convenient to the user to facilitate the efficiency and avoid confusion. 5. Hand washing is done as frequently as the situation calls for, helps in minimizing or avoiding contamination of the bag and its contents. 6. The bag when used for a communicable case should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before keeping and re-using. Contents of the Bag
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Paper lining Extra paper for making bag for waste materials (paper bag)

cotton ball] Alcohol lamp Tape Measure Baby’s scale 1 pair of rubber gloves 2 test tubes Test tube holder Medicines o betadine o 70% alcohol o ophthalmic ointment (antibiotic) o zephiran solution o hydrogen peroxide o spirit of ammonia o acetic acid o benedict’s solution Note: Blood Pressure Apparatus and Stethoscope are carried separately. clean side out (folded part touching the table). of water if faucet is not available. Ask for a basin of water and a glass To be used for handwashing. 3. Open the bag. To protect the work field from being Place these outside the work area. 23. 25 Sterile dressings [OS. take the linen/plastic To make a non-contaminated work . surface lined with paper lining. 22. Steps/Procedures Actions Rationale 1. C.B] Sterile Cord Tie Adhesive Plaster Dressing [OS.• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Plastic linen/lining Apron Hand towel in plastic bag Soap in soap dish Thermometers in case [one oral and rectal] 2 pairs of scissors [1 surgical and 1 bandage] 2 pairs of forceps [ curved and straight] Syringes [5 ml and 2 ml] Hypodermic needles g. wet. To protect the bag from place the bag on the table or any flat contamination. 19. Put the bag’s handles or strap beneath the bag. Upon arriving at the client’s home. 2.

and the clean side out. Take out hand towel. 12. To protect caregiver and prevent spread of infection to others. strap. Proceed to the specific nursing care or treatment. Leave the plastic wrappers of the towel in a soap dish in the bag. Remove apron folding away from the body. 13. anecdotal notes preparatory to final To prevent contamination of clean area. waste paper bag) and place at one corner of the work area. clean side out (folded part out). The paper lining. Do handwashing again. 14. kidney basin. . Neatly tie the straps at the back. place it in the bag and close the bag. Make post-visit conference on To be used as reference for future matters relevant to health care. apron and the place them at one corner of the work area (within the confines of the linen/plastic lining). 6. 9. wrong side with crease touching the Keeping the crease creates aesthetic body. Wipe. clean and alcoholize the things used. Place waste paper bag outside of work area. To give comfort and security. maintain personal hygiene and hasten recovery. Do handwashing. 10.lining and spread over work field or field or area. Put out things most needed for the To make them readily accessible. Close the bag. 4. sliding the head into the neck appearance.) thermometer. To prevent contamination of bag and contents. 7. 16. 5.g. dry with towel. taking visit. Place it in the bag. Open the bag and put back all articles in their proper places. 11. After completing nursing care or treatment. soap dish and To prepare for handwashing. Put on apron right side out and To protect the nurses’ uniform. 8. with soiled sidefolded inwards. area. Fold the linen/plastic lining. 15. cotton ball. specific case (e. clean. Handwashing prevents possible infection from one care provider to the client.

Record all relevant findings about the client and members of the family. . Make appointment for the next visit ( either home or clinic). fold the paper lining ( and insert). 6. Take note of environmental factors which affect the clients/family health. time and purpose. Assess effectiveness of nursing care provided. 2. 17.reporting. Get the bag from the table. 5. Reference: Community Health Nursing Services in the Philippines. taking note of the date. After Care 1. clean and alcoholize them. DOH For follow-up care. and place in between the flaps and cover the bag. Include quality of nurse-patient relationship. 4. Before keeping all articles in the bag. Evaluation and Documentation 3.

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