How To: Use proper draping techniques during a gynecology exam

Use proper draping techniques during a gynecology exam

In Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), doctors deal specifically with the female reproductive organs, which means a lot of visual inspection of the vaginal area. Whether you're a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or nursing assistant, knowing how to properly drape a patient is detrimental to the patient feeling protected and secure with the hospital staff, along with having some privacy. This video will cover different types of draping techniques.

The first draping technique is for the sitting position, where the cardiac exam and respiratory exam are done. While you learn the draping technique, you will also learn the basics of the examination procedure. The second draping technique is during the supine position of the patient, for the completion of the cardiac exam and the abdomen exam. Then, learn the draping technique in the lithotomy position.

If you're able to master these techniques, you'll have a great relationship with you patient and you'll be an awesome healthcare provider.

For more information, go to University of Virginia's School of Medicine Interactive Learning Modules.

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1 Comment

It's been four years and no one has bothered to correct the glaring error in the first paragraph of this HowTo. The second sentence reads in part:

"...knowing how to properly drape a patient is detrimental to the patient feeling protected and secure..."

The word 'detrimental' means 'tending to cause harm'. If you properly drape a patient, you're not causing them harm. In fact, you're doing just the opposite, you're making them feel protected and secure. One way of saying this is:

"... knowing how to properly drape a patient gives the patient a feeling of being protected and secure..."

I'm sure you could say it many different ways.

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