Bathing patients with an antiseptic reduces bloodstream infections
A common practice at hospitals is to ensure all patients bathe once a day with common soap and water to ward off infections.
But hospital giant HCA Healthcare wanted to see if the traditional bathing process could be improved based on previous research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A 2013 study HCA participated in found bathing intensive-care unit patients with soap containing the antiseptic chlorhexidine cut the incidence of central line bloodstream infections by 44%. Chlorhexidine is a commonly used antiseptic, especially for patients before surgery.
- Read full report: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/patients/bathing-patients-antiseptic-reduces-bloodstream-infections
- Targeted versus Universal Decolonization to Prevent ICU Infection. The New England Journal of Medicine.