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While bathing a patient, a nursing assistant finds out that there is a new area on the person’s heel that is both warm and red. What should she do?

A Finish the bath and completely dry off the patient. When moving the patient, make sure they do not place pressure on the area and then go and tell the nurse on staff.

A pressure sore may start to develop if there is an area of the foot that’s both warm and red. Before telling the nurse, it is necessary for the nursing assistant to finish the bath and completely dry off the patient. Lotion should never be applied to the area before informing a nurse. The area of concern might require different assistance and the lotion may simply make matters worse (or increase the chance of skin damage). The nursing assistant shouldn't use lotion initially or massage it into the skin as it may further damage the skin.