Posted by Shukarat from IP 18.104.22.168 on March 25, 2012 at 18:02:01:
In Reply to: Re: Of course you do... posted by cmg on March 25, 2012 at 01:24:46:
I don't understand this question at all.
It is acceptable and more hygienic just to have oral greetings. You need to make sure that the patient is exactly the person you have to see.
So, greetings + are you Mr/Mrs. ...? is the best.
It is especially important not to make mistake in patients identification in emergency setting, I would check his band ID also.
I would certainly make friendly handshake if patient would make that move, but would not do it first - some patients may find it unacceptable.
I don't understand next issue - why the heck it is necessary to drape patient before talking? Patient already has decent gown, and additional draping is
necessary before physical exam when you ask her to lie down, not during talking part - do I miss something? I prefer to talk to patient, wash my hand
(certainly explaining that now we will proceed to exam after washing hands), help drape patient so that he/she will not feel embarrassed and do physical.
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