Patient hygiene

Product Evaluation & Purchasing Series: Patient Skin Prep and Hygiene

January 13, 2017

In this new series for 2017, we offer insights from experts in industry and in healthcare delivery regarding smart evaluation and purchasing of infection prevention and control-related products. In this installation, we address patient skin prep and patient hygiene products.

Steady as She Goes: The Case for Daily Patient Bathing as Part of a Bundled Intervention Protocol

January 30, 2015

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, Noto et al. found that in a “single-center, multi-ICU, cluster randomized, crossover study, once daily bathing with chlorhexidine did not reduce the rate of the composite primary outcome of infections including central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), possible or probable ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), or infection with C difficile.” The authors further concluded that these findings do not support daily bathing of critically ill patients with chlorhexidine.

Study Explores Chlorhexidine Bathing in ICUs

January 30, 2015

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have found that bathing critically ill patients with disposable chlorhexidine cloths did not decrease the incidence of healthcare-associated infections when compared to less expensive nonan