Bed bathing patients in hospital
Lindsey Downey Practice development nurse, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Hilary Lloyd Principal lecturer, Nursing practice development and research, Sunderland Royal Hospital
There are a number of circumstances that may affect an individual’s ability to maintain personal hygiene. Hospitalised patients, and in particular those who are bedridden, may become dependent on nursing staff to carry out their hygiene needs. Assisting patients to maintain personal hygiene is a fundamental aspect of nursing care. However, it is a task often delegated to junior or newly qualified staff. This article focuses on the principles of bed bathing patients in hospital, correct procedure and the importance of maintaining patient dignity and respect in clinical practice.
Nursing Standard. 22, 34,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.04.22.34.35.c6531
Published in print: 30 April 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review