Bed Baths & Other Nursing Arts Still Taught? (Speaking of Wet Wipe Baths) - page 4

Just wondering if learning how to give bed baths is still taught in today's RN nursing programs? Or has it gone the way of other nursing arts such as three different types of bed making and so forth?... Read More

  1. by   BrandonLPN
    I still can't make a hospital corner....
  2. by   rammstein
    Second day of lab was bed bath and making an occupied bed. First day was unoccupied bed.
  3. by   SummitRN
    Before nursing school (BSN) I hadn't even thought of the possibility of making an occupied bed. I thought it was magic when we learned it. Lab is what taught me how. Clinical is what made me good at it.

    Skills lab baths do not resemble real world bed baths in either technique or speed.

    In the real world, sheets are fitted and hospital corners are a figure of speech.

    Quote from BrandonLPN
    We learned bed baths in my LPN school. With wash cloths and with wet wipes. I personally hate the wet wipes. I know they are used in the hospital moreso than washcloths. But give me a good old fashioned basin filled with soapy water and a stack of washcloths any day.
    The evidence strongly supports disposable prepregged wipes over washcloths and basins unless addressing excessive soil. Doing so reduces skin breakdown and nosocomial infection rates.

    Reusing bath basins is disgusting. Our facility has removed them from inventory because the evidence shows them to be petri dishes.
  4. by   RetRN77
    When I had my surgery in 2011 and was still in ICU, the nurse used a disposable pad that was nice and warm - I have to say it felt wonderful! Much nicer than washcloths which seem to get cold no matter how quickly one moves from basin to patient. I saw some for sale somewhere and stocked up in case of an unexpected event.

    But an ordinary wet wipe? Yuck!
  5. by   RetRN77
    Quote from tokebi
    Bed-making is still taught. Whether they're still remembered after the mind-numbing classes on nursing research and ethics and etc... is questionable.

    Funny thing is, I first learned proper bed-making by a drill sergeant -- tight, neat, wrinkle-free. Years later, I encounter a nursing instructor who I thought really knew how to teach making a bed... Turns out she's ex-military too.
    We had an instructor who told us the bed should be tight enough to bounce a quarter. Yep - ex military, too. I thought she was a wee bit obsessed until she checked the bed I had made (occupied) and told me I had done a poor job. She proceeded to pull the sheet while putting one of her feet on the bed frame! I thought she might go flying herself, or that the patient would. The next thing I heard was the patient saying, "Oh, that feels so wonderful!" Never forgot that, and worked hard thereafter trying to make the tightest beds I could.
  6. by   SummitRN
    Remember, too tight of a top sheet contributes to foot drop and pressure ulcers. Patients must be able to move freely.
  7. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from SummitRN
    Before nursing school (BSN) I hadn't even thought of the possibility of making an occupied bed. I thought it was magic when we learned it. Lab is what taught me how. Clinical is what made me good at it.

    Skills lab baths do not resemble real world bed baths in either technique or speed.


    In the real world, sheets are fitted and hospital corners are a figure of speech.

    The evidence strongly supports disposable prepregged wipes over washcloths and basins unless addressing excessive soil. Doing so reduces skin breakdown and nosocomial infection rates.

    Reusing bath basins is disgusting. Our facility has removed them from inventory because the evidence
    shows them to be petri dishes.
    So who reuses the basins? They're plastic and disposable.
  8. by   RetRN77
    Quote from SummitRN
    Remember, too tight of a top sheet contributes to foot drop and pressure ulcers. Patients must be able to move freely.
    Definitely. I was referring to the bottom sheet.
  9. by   SummitRN
    Quote from BrandonLPN

    So who reuses the basins? They're plastic and disposable.
    Commonplace despite education and policy... sadly...
  10. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from SummitRN

    Commonplace despite education and policy... sadly...
    ^This!!
  11. by   Stephalump
    Quote from SummitRN

    Commonplace despite education and policy... sadly...
    That's disgusting.
    And something I've never seen, fortunately.

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