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COMMUNITY BAG – Importance of Community Bag, Principles of Bag Techniques, Articles Used in Community, Steps of Procedure with Community Bag, Home Health Nursing Procedure and Principles to be observed (Community Health Nursing)





The community health nurse requires some tools and instruments for doing procedures during home visits. The purpose of community bag is to carry out nursing procedures in home, which includes weighing the children, performing minor dressing and to conduct delivery in emergency situations

The community health bag can be made of khaki material or any material with an aluminum or iron frame to fit inside. Leather bags can also be used if the agency can afford this. it is designed to carry equipment and material needed during a visit to the home, school or factory

The nursing bag is a vehicle for carrying the material and equipment needed during. The bag should have outside packets for keeping a note book, waste paper bag, folder, newspaper, stationeries, and tablet container


  • It is essential during each home visit, school and industrial visit to do some nursing procedures
  • The community bag and material required are kept ready to use at any time
  • The community bag helps to demonstrate some nursing procedures during home visit
  • The community bag acts as a vehicle for carrying the tools during a home visit


  • The community bag must be kept scrupulously clean ad ready for use at all times
  • The community bag should be kept in clean areas without danger of being contaminated by the children or domestic animals
  • Clean or boil the instruments after use and replace it safely
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure while doing procedure
  • Secure the bag by often cleaning and cover it properly
  • The community bag placed on a clean surface or on a piece of newspaper or a plastic sheet
  • Remove the soap, towel and nail brush and wash the hands well
  • Open the bag and remove only the needed articles and close the bag
  • Carry out the procedure placing soiled swabs inside a newspaper bag for disposal by burning or any other suitable method
  • Fold used paper or plastic sheet with exposed side innermost and keep it in the outside pocket of the bag
  • Write brief note of the observation, procedure done or instructions given
  • Check the bag daily, washing hands before opening it and make necessary replacements


  • Outside pocket: newspaper, stationeries, family folders, flash cards and waste paper bag
  • Side flap: tablets containers should have paracetamol, septran, multivitamin or B-complex, anti-inflammatory, etc. solutions antiseptic, savlon, betadine, Benedict’s solution, acetic acid, methylated spirit and eye drops  or ointment
  • Lower compartment: urine analysis kit, specimen bottle, kidney tray, test tubes, test tubes holder, spirit lamp and match box. The hand washing items-soap, towel, nail brush, small mackintosh or plastic sheet and plastic aprons
  • Physical assessment instruments: fetoscope, inch tape, shakir tape and spring balance to check weight
  • Sterile compartment: instruments-artery forceps, thumb forceps, small towel and scissors. A pair of disposable glove or paper gloves
  • Miscellaneous articles: mucous suckers, tallquist paper for checking hemoglobin and small catheter


  • Select a work area according to the convenient of the family
  • Place the bag in a mat in a veranda on newspaper
  • Unbutton the bag of lower compartment
  • Remove hand washing equipment and wash hands properly
  • Remove apron from the bag and put it on
  • Remove the need items from the outside compartment
  • Give nursing care based on the plan
  • When procedure is over, wash hands with soap and water
  • Place the articles to the bag after cleaning
  • Fold used newspaper with used side inside
  • Close the bag
  • Record your procedures and observation and instructions given


The community health nurse primary responsibility to meet health needs of the family, it is necessary to provide nursing care on a selective basis and to demonstrate the care to some responsible members of the family. It is recognized that nurses working in the community health field have been trained in many different hospitals and schools; they were taught procedures have changed community


  • Resources usage: standard procedures should be followed as far as possible utilizing materials and equipment found in the home
  • Demonstration: demonstration of nursing care in the home is most effective method of teaching
  • Standing orders: medical instructions in the form of standing instructions or individual instructions must be available before administering medicine or treatment
  • Prevent spread of disease: the health worker must know to check the disease at its sources. The practice of medical asepsis and the habit of thorough cleanliness at all time is basic to all procedures
  • Respect the families: practice as far as possible custom and habits are scared to the family. Habit changes are slow and come with knowledge and action which the nurse may initiate and/or participate in through individual and group teaching
  • Comfort and relationships: consider comfort and relationship when selecting the patients unit. The nurse must select the place where the patient will get rest, privacy and clean air. The sick person may be housed comfortably and at the same time, prevent the spread of infectious material
  • Economical use: supplies and equipment economically, always consider the high cost of fuel, the hardship in getting water and the family economics
  • Teaching: the community health nurse should teach the patient and responsible member of the family, teach with proper demonstration and also encourage to do return demonstration
  • Record keeping: adequate records and reports are an integral part of every good nursing service. Records should be maintained up to date
  • Prevention of accidents: write name of the drug and instructions for taking using the language of the people. Inform the family to keep all drugs locked in their cupboards and out of reach of children
  • Health promotion: safe water, latrines, drainage, cooking arrangement, bathing, absence or presence of animals within the compound or in the house is of major importance in the promotion of health
  • Nutritional observation: observation and action relative to the nutritional status of the family is a primary responsibility of the nurse
COMMUNITY BAG – Importance of Community Bag, Principles of Bag Techniques, Articles Used in Community, Steps of Procedure with Community Bag, Home Health Nursing Procedure and Principles to be observed (Community Health Nursing)
COMMUNITY BAG – Importance of Community Bag, Principles of Bag Techniques, Articles Used in Community, Steps of Procedure with Community Bag, Home Health Nursing Procedure and Principles to be observed (Community Health Nursing)
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