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

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

Research output: Contribution to conference without a publisher/journalAbstractCommunication


Background: Bed bath provides hospitalized bed-bound
patients the opportunity to stay clean and fresh and 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 been used for personal hygiene, but recently,
disposable prepacked wet wipes have been introduced as an
alternative. So far, few qualitative studies have reported on
patients’ experience and preference of the two types of bed
Objective: To gather in-depth understanding of patients’
experiences and preferences of the two bed bath methods
during admission
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 phenomenologicalhermeneutic scientific angle 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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJun 2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Nordic Conference in Nursing Research: Methods and Networks for the Future - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 14 Jun 201815 Jun 2018


Conference3rd Nordic Conference in Nursing Research
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