Use of chux cloths to replace facewashers

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    I have just found out that our carers will be using chux wipes to wash our residents with in replacement of facewashers and they are going to do away with drawsheets and kylies - obvious cost cutting here. I'm not able to find any evidence based reasearch to come up with a rationale as to why this should not occur!!! Can anyone point me in the right direction??????
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    Well, I have had several patients that have allergies to the chux. There are also going to be an increase in staff and patient injury if there is no safe way to lift patient and slide them up.
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    What's a Kylie?
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    What are "carers"?
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    They might do away with draw sheets, but you can always fold up a flat sheet and make your own draw-sheet, which I recommend that you do if you want to save your back.

    You can work around anything if you think smarter. No face wipes? Offer them tub of warm water with a washcloth and a dab of soap. I am sure you can think of more ideas if you put your mind to it.
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    I'm sorry, but I lol'd at the thought of nurses going at patients faces with those chux pads. "Here. Let me wipe your face with this giant blue plastic thingy."I know the OP mentioned Chux "wipes," but when I see the word chux, I instantly think of the chux meant for the butt.
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    I'm sorry, but I lol'd at the thought of nurses going at patients faces with those chux pads. "Here. Let me wipe your face with this giant blue plastic thingy."I know the OP mentioned Chux "wipes," but when I see the word chux, I instantly think of the chux meant for the butt.
    Me too lol
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    I think the poster may be Australian. A kylie is an washable absorbent pad that is about 2 feet long and as wide as the bed. It is used to save the bedsheet from getting soaked with incontinent pt that flow out over incontience wear.

    In this context I think chux is refering to a bluey or inco sheet.

    And a draw sheet may refer to a similar item to a kylie that is often used in combination with a plastic under sheet.

    Would I be right in guessing you are working in some sort of aged care facility or the like ?

    Maybe ask your mgr for a cost break down of the alternatives .
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 21
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    I wonder if the disposables are chargeable (to the patient) items and the laundry costs are absorbed by the facility?

    I'm going to spring the term 'kylies' on my co-workers here in Indiana tonight and see if any of them know what I'm talking about! I find it fascinating the different terms for things in the various corners of the English-speaking world, don't you??
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    Ahh pts are not "billed" like the are in the US the hospitals use a scoring system to be reimbursed form state or fedral funding.....in acute care most people go via the public health system which is funded via taxes . Citizens, residents, and those from countries with reciprocal agreements are not charged for a hospital admission.
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