How should the client clean the area?
To collect a clean-catch midstream urine specimen from a female client, the nurse instructs her to clean the area at the external urinary meatus with an antiseptic.
A. By swabbing the labia minora from front to back B. By cleaning the labia minora from back to front C. By cleaning the labia majora from back to front D. By swabbing the entire perineal area
By swabbing the labia minora from front to back-rationale: the client should swab the labia minora from front to back, using one swab for each wipe. this technique cleans from the area of least contamination to the area of greatest contamination. the labia minora shouldnt be cleaned from back to front because doing so increases the risk of contamination. the labia majora should be cleaned with soap and water from front to back not back to front. before swabbing the labia minora with an antiseptic, the client should wash the perineal area with soap and water.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: comprehensionreference: ellis, j.r., and bentz, p.m. modules for basic nursing skills, 7th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 286.