How Often Do Hospital Patients Get Bathed?; Survey Finds Patients with Shorter Stays Less Likely to Be Bathed.CARY, Ill. -- A recent poll/survey found that a patient's length of stay in the hospital directly affects whether a patient is bathed. At least 30 percent of respondents said they were not bathed once a day when they were admitted into the hospital for more than a week. For patients who have a hospital stay of six days or less, only a quarter, or 26 percent, were bathed by hospital staff every other day or once every three days.
"Bathing is not only about cleanliness," said Ann White, R.N., MSN (1) (MicroSoft Network) A family of Internet-based services from Microsoft, which includes a search engine, e-mail (Hotmail), instant messaging (Windows Live Messaging) and a general-purpose portal with news, information and shopping (MSN Directory). , CCNS CCNS Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
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A hospital-acquired infection is usually one that first appears three days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health care facility. and assess patients for skin breakdown that may lead to pressure ulcers Pressure ulcer
Also known as a decubitus ulcer, pressure ulcers are open wounds that form whenever prolonged pressure is applied to skin covering bony outcrops of the body. Patients who are bedridden are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. ."
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The study also showed that individuals who have a family member who was aware of their hospital care were more likely to be bathed by hospital staff. A majority, 56 percent, of those surveyed who had family members hospitalized for a week or more said the patient was bathed by hospital staff.
In contrast, 63 percent of those surveyed who were hospitalized themselves for a week or more said they were not bathed by hospital staff.
Gender also is an indicator of whether patients are bathed. Female respondents who reported being hospitalized were two and a half times more likely than men to receive a bath. While only nine percent of women said they were never given a bath, 23 percent of men surveyed said they were never given a bath.
Fast Facts About Bathing Patients
1. Bathing provides the best opportunity to observe skin condition, on back, buttocks buttocks /but·tocks/ (but´oks) the two fleshy prominences formed by the gluteal muscles on the lower part of the back. and over bony prominences and observe for pressure areas, open areas, and cuts.
2. Bathing is important because it...
--allows nurses to monitor skin for breakdown
--gets rid of surface dirt and some microorganisms
--reduces body odors body odor A malodorous body scent. Cf Flatulance, Halitosis.
--helps stimulate circulation
3. A recent poll conducted at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology annual meeting found that 88 percent of practitioners consider patient bathing to be an important component of an infection control program.
4. National nursing shortage trends have forced facilities to recognize nursing labor as limited and increasingly valuable resource, especially with its proven correlation to patient satisfaction outcomes. A single basin bath consumes an average of 20 to 30 minutes of nursing time from preparation through cleanup, which often includes changing wet bed linens.
About Sage Products Inc.
Sage Products, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of innovative health care products used by medical professionals and consumers. Headquartered in Illinois, the business has been in operation since 1971, when it launched its first products. Sage has followed its philosophy of "follow the patient" to become a major manufacturer. Sage's health care line includes products designed for bathing, incontinence care, shampoo, oral care, gowns, cabinets, gloves and accessories. The retail line consists of products designed for bathing, shampooing, incontinence care and oral care. For more information about Sage Products, visit the company's Web site at www.sageproducts.com.
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