For a man who is used to being clean-shaven, being unshaven can feel very uncomfortable and even dirty (a good parallel is a woman without her make-up).
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PHILIP JEVON, RESEARCH NURSE, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL
MELISSA JEVON, STAFF NURSE, COMPTON HOSPICE, WOLVERHAMPTON
Yet this simple aspect of a man’s hygiene requirements is often overlooked.
If it is his wish, a man should receive a shave every day as part of his hygiene routine. A patient who has received all other hygiene care but not a shave will look uncared-for, particularly in the eyes of relatives. As far as possible allow the patient to participate in shaving himself, and offer assistance.
Patients who are prone to bleeding, for example those on anticoagulants or patients with a bleeding disorder, for example haemophilia, should, ideally, use an electric shaver. If the patient is cut during the procedure, apply pressure using a swab until the bleeding has stopped.
Using an electric razor is an alternative to wet shaving. Removing hair with an electric shaver is associated with a lower infection rate, but shavers present their own cross-infection problems if they are used between patients (Millward, 1992). Communal razors and shaving brushes must not be ‘used.