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Nightingale theory and intentional comfort touch in management of tinea pedis in vulnerable populations.

Authors
  • Howett, Maeve
  • Connor, Ann
  • Downes, Elizabeth
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2010
Volume
28
Issue
4
Pages
244–250
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0898010110373655
PMID: 20660909
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Vulnerable populations, specifically migrant farm workers and persons experiencing homelessness, are often at an increased risk for foot infections. This risk is related to their working and living conditions, socioeconomic status, limited access to health care, frequent exposure to wet environments, limited access to clean and dry socks and shoes, bathing or laundry facilities, and daily routines that requires them to be on their feet for long periods of time. After years of caring for these populations and hundreds of clinical encounters, an evidence-based, effective method of foot care that incorporates intentional comfort touch has been developed. This article describes methods for mitigating the severity of fungal growth, decreasing the risk of secondary infections, and improving skin integrity by manipulating the micro-environment of the patients' feet. This includes fundamental aspects of hygiene as described by Florence Nightingale's Environmental Theory that suggests that direct sunlight, fresh air, and cleanliness improves health.

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