Patients’ Bath Basins Increase Risk for Hospital-Acquired Infections
-New study shows infectious bacteria growing in 98 percent of hospital bath basins
The study, conducted at intensive care units at Presbyterian Hospital in
Multidrug-resistant organisms that were found, such as the superbug multiple-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vanocomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), S. aureus, Enterococci, gram-negative organisms, P. aeruginosa, C. albicans and E. coli can lead to conditions, including pneumonia, meningitis, septicemia, and urinary tract infections (UTI), among others requiring further patient treatment and extended time in the hospital.
“Every single person that walks into a hospital is immune-compromised. That is why it is important that we increase awareness of bath basins as a source for the transmission of infections,” said Johnson. “Prevention measures such as rinsing out and wiping bath basins with antiseptic cleanser or bathing patients using pre-packaged washcloths could significantly reduce patient infections and hospital stays, even deaths due to HAIs. Infection prevention in the ICU and hospital in general must be a priority.”
A leading alternative to traditional basin technique are pre-packaged, disposable cleansing washcloths such as the Comfort Bath(R) cleansing system, a first line defense for nurses and caregivers in protecting patients from bacteria, eliminating the use of contaminated basins. The washcloths, manufactured and distributed by Sage Products, also include peel-and-stick Skin Check(TM) labels allowing nurses and nurses’ aides to pinpoint areas on the body that may need to be checked for potential skin problems.
Beginning last October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would no longer provide reimbursement for required care associated with HAIs not reported upon the patient’s admission to the hospital. Infection conditions include catheter-association UTI, vascular catheter-associated infection, surgical site infection (SSI) and pressure ulcers. The CMS guidelines, along with research, are putting additional focus on infection prevention.
Johnson says infection prevention measures are critical in the ICU where cases move quickly and require a passion to protect patients from the unseen.
About Sage Products Inc.
Since 1971, Sage Products has developed disposable healthcare products trusted by leading healthcare facilities worldwide. The company has a core belief in prevention — that evidence-based interventions improve outcomes. Sage is pioneering Interventional Patient Hygiene with industry-leading brands such as Toothette(R) oral care, Sage(R) 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Cloths for patient preoperative skin preparation, Comfort Bath(R) Cleansing Washcloths, Comfort Shield(R) Incontinence Care Washcloths and Prevalon(R) Pressure-Relieving Heel Protector. These advanced hygiene products make it easier for busy nurses to deliver essential patient care. The company’s goal is to help improve patient safety and outcomes by preventing skin breakdown, healthcare-associated pneumonias, surgical site infections and other adverse hospital-acquired events. For more information, visit www.sageproducts.com.
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