The Wash Tub Bath.
UNDER a great variety of circumstances, the wash tub bathing an invaluable remedy. For example, a patient is feverish; by setting him in a wash tub half filled with water, and at the same time, if we choose, putting his feet in a pail of water, cold or warm, according to the case, we may give him any desirable amount of cooling. We cannot, indeed, too highly prize this simple contrivance for using water, a means which every family possesses. (Fig. 194.)
The water, as a general rule, should be tepid, ranging from 720 to 90', and may be prolonged from two to fifteen minutes, according to the strength of the patient. It should never be carried to the extent of producing blueness of the nails. The patient should be dried with towels, or the dry rubbing sheet.
This bath is useful in the treatment of eruptive fevers, bilious remittents, the hot stage of intermittents, and in hectic and typhoid fevers. It is often used after the wet sheet pack, in chronic affections, and may then have a little cooler temperature, or else be followed by pouring a pail of cooler water over the shoulders to tone up the skin.
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