As for patient modesty,
the number one priority should be the patient and the number
two priority should be the patient's family. Always make every
effort to accommodate their wishes for modesty.
1.) We encourage hospitals to
hire a good number of male nurses for all shifts so there can
be enough male nurses to do intimate procedures on male patients.
Hire enough male scrubs for male patients who have surgeries.
Try to work on a schedule where male nurses and scrubs would
be often assigned to male patients. Many men are uncomfortable
with having female nurses or scrubs see their private parts.
Modesty is important to many men. Check out the male
2.) You should do whatever
you can to protect patients' modesty and dignity. Many patients
value modesty. Listen to patients' concerns about modesty carefully
and work hard to meet their wishes. Many people don't feel comfortable
having certain parts of their body exposed to the opposite sex
except for spouse. They are not crazy. Many people would not
be comfortable using public restrooms with people of the opposite
3.) Strive to be a hospital
where patient modesty is taken very seriously. If patients have
good experience with patient modesty at your hospital, they
are very likely to return and recommend your hospital to others.
Some patients who have had bad experiences with patient modesty
at certain hospitals will never return there. For example, one
man had bad experience at a hospital where female nurses made
fun of him because he only want a male nurse to do intimate
procedures on him has decided that he will not return to that
4.) Make a policy at your hospital
to prohibit non-consensual genital and pelvic exams from being
done on patients under anesthesia without their consent.
5.) For unconscious patients
who are transported to the hospital, please don't take their
clothes off if it is unnecessary. For those that must be stripped,
please try to accommodate an all same gender team for this patient
if possible and do whatever to protect their modesty. Do not
throw modesty out for unconscious patients because you think
they may never find out or don't care.
6.) Be sensitive to patients
who come to the Emergency Room and don't wish to have certain
examinations. For example, if a woman suspects she may be having
appendicitis and she doesn't wish to have a pelvic exam or rectal
exam, don't give her a hard time and just do a CT scan. If appendicitis
is ruled out, then a rectal exam or pelvic exam can be considered,
but only with the lady's permission.
7.) We strongly recommend that
all hospitals have enough female ob/gyns, nurses, etc. to be
present for the birth of a child for women and their husbands
who wish for an all female ob/gyn team only. It would be great
if your hospital could have at least one female ob/gyn on call
all of the time so a female patient could be guaranteed a female
ob/gyn for emergency or childbirth if she desired.
8.) If your hospital cannot accommodate an
all same gender team for intimate procedures or surgeries, we
recommend that you be willing to refer the patient to another
hospital that can accommodate their wishes.
9.) Your hospital should make
a policy that other workers such as maintenance workers or housekeepers
don't go in operating rooms while a patient's private parts
may be exposed. They should knock first before entering to make
sure the patient is properly covered.
10.) Your hospital should abandon
the no underwear policy for all surgeries if it is still in
effect. Check out the article about
how underwear should not be removed for most surgeries.