Patients’ preference for bed bath: Water and soap or disposable wet wipes?

Jette Primdahl, Christian Stab Jensen, Jan Sørensen, Ming Chen

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Abstract

BACKGROUND
Bed bath provides hospitalized bed-bound patients the opportunity to stay clean and fresh. Bed bath is regarded as a necessary intervention to improve patients’ quality of life, social acceptance and wellbeing. Bed bath assists in removing dirt, odor and microorganisms and may reduce the potential of infection. Water and soap have traditionally water and soap been used for personal hygiene, but recently, disposable prepacked wet wipes have been introduced as an alternative. So far, no qualitative studies have reported on patients’ experience and preference of the two types of bed bath during admission.

OBJECTIVE
To gather indepth understanding of patients’ experiences and preferences of the two bed bath methods.

METHOD
Semi-structured individual in-depth interviews with 16 bed-bound patients from three hospital wards was used to explore their experience with water and soap, and disposable wipes during admission. The transcribed interviews were analyzed from a phenomenological-hermeneutic scientific angle inspired by the work of Steiner Kvale and were structured in the software program NVivo version 11.3.2(1888).

RESULTS
The overall themes identified were: ‘Cleanliness is important’, ‘Disposable wipes freshen you up’, ‘Face and hands are special, ‘Bed bath methods is a situated shared decision’ and ‘water and soap makes you really clean.

CONCLUSION
Patients overall preference for bed bath was water and soap, but disposable wet wipes were considered to be a convenient and preferred method in specific situations.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE
Findings from this study may have implications for clinical practice in situated shared decisions to improve patient satisfaction during hospitalization.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdatojun. 2018
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa
Begivenhed3rd Nordic Conference in Nursing Research: Methods and Networks for the Future - Oslo, Norge
Varighed: 14 jun. 201815 jun. 2018
https://sygeplejeforskning.dk/previous-conferences-2021/

Konference

Konference3rd Nordic Conference in Nursing Research
Land/OmrådeNorge
ByOslo
Periode14/06/1815/06/18
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