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Am J Infect Control. 2019 Jan;47(1):23-26. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.07.007. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

A descriptive study of bathing practices in acute care facilities in the United States.

Author information

1
School of Nursing, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. Electronic address: liz.sturgeon@wku.edu.
2
School of Nursing, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.
3
Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patient bathing basins are a potential source of health care-acquired infections. This descriptive study was designed to describe current patient bathing procedures and the cleaning and storage of disposable bath basins after use.

METHODS:

After instrument validation, a 20-item questionnaire designed by the researchers was delivered electronically to infection prevention professionals working in acute care facilities in the United States. Descriptive statistics including frequencies and percentages were used to analyze the data.

RESULTS:

A total of 344 participants completed the survey. Of those responding, most were employed in facilities with ≤300 beds and accredited by the Joint Commission. Many of the facility staff assisting patients with bathing were nursing aides. Participants reported varying bathing procedures in their facilities.

CONCLUSIONS:

A collaborative approach is needed to ensure standard and efficient procedures that focus on quality, safety, and patient satisfaction. A mechanism to continually evaluate patient bathing practices should also be developed to address evolving changes in the health care system.

KEYWORDS:

Acute care facilities; Bathing and baths; Bathing and baths equipment and supplies; Cross-infection prevention and control; Infection control

PMID:
30172611
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2018.07.007

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