Evidence Based Bathing of Critically Ill Patients

Key evidence-based care practices

The lecture duration is 50min.

1 CPD Point, 1 CEU, 1 CME credit approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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Kathleen Vollman
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant, USA
Lecture Summary

In the year of the nurse, it is important to remember a famous quote by Florence Nightingale; “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm”. In our current work cultures, some basic nursing care activities designed to prevent harm, are frequently seen as just tasks to be completed before the end of the shift or just one more project. With health care infections a worldwide problem we can make a difference in preventing the invasion or halting the spread of microorganisms by implementing basic care strategies to reduce the source of the infection. This session provides an in-depth examination of the science of bathing critically ill patients and the impact it has on infection. This session will seek to dispel any myths and address the evidence-based practice and provide suggestions for successful implementation leading to a change in care.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Identify 3 modes of transmission for the spread of microorganism in the hospital environment
  • Define key evidence-based care practices around bathing that can improve the skin condition
  • Discuss the science to support bathing practices that help reduce the development of healthcare-acquired infections
  • Outline key program steps using case examples for changing bathing practices within your unit