Following extensive testing by independent labs and the St. John’s Medical Research Institute, critical-care nurses began using the Theraworx waterless bathing system on high-risk patients in late 2007 in the neuron-trauma unit. In-vitro testing proved the all-natural, alcohol-free solution is greater than 99.99 percent effective against a broad array of organisms. It provides coverage against MRSA, Clostridium difficile, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Candida albicans and an array of bacteria, fungi and viruses, even after three hours.
After a successful 240 patient-day pilot study found Theraworx highly effective, it has become the primary patient bathing system used in
“When we considered how we could really protect patients, we took an in-depth look at the infection risks associated with the basin bath. We realized the soap-and-water bath is a conduit for colonization and we needed a superior method to clean and boost patient safety,” noted William Sistrunk, MD, infectious disease specialist and medical director of infection prevention at
Theraworx has shown to be quite effective with its skin moisturizing, re-hydrating and nourishing properties, while helping protect wounds against invasive germs. The pH-balanced solution contains natural reinforcing ingredients that nurture the skin and promote the body’s native mechanism for killing bacteria. Alcohol-based products evaporate instantly and provide no sustained protection. Lab tests have confirmed the long-lasting duration of action of Theraworx, which retains its effectiveness for hours, plus it is certified non-toxic and a non-irritant, unlike alcohol.
“The focus of the research institute has always been to identify acute care issues and find solutions that do not currently exist. After we investigated the patient bathing and skin care environments in hospitals we realized that there had to be a better, healthy choice,” said Dr. Roger Huckfeldt, medical director at St. John’s Medical Research Institute and partner in Avadim LLC, which produces Theraworx. “We’re confident that the preliminary trial findings validate the changes we instituted at
The patented Theraworx formulation and family of products contain no skin-drying alcohols, glycols or harsh ingredients. The waterless bathing system is available on pre-moistened soft cloths in either total-body bath or personal clean-up sizes. The single-use, four-ply non-woven cloths eliminate the need for towel and laundry service in hospital settings, as well as control cross contamination upon disposal. For individual use when there is no access to soap and water, there is a convenient 2-ounce bottle that provides approximately 150 applications, and an economy-sized 8-ounce bottle, both fitted with a foaming non-aerosol pump top.