Postoperative bed baths

  1. Hi all,

    at my unit we've been arguing lately about bed baths. Our patients are children, ages 0 to 18, most of them after a surgical procedure (all sorts of surgeries).

    What we don't know is whether we should be giving our patients full bed baths within the first 24 hours post-surgery, as they should have been washed before it anyway.

    What is the practice at your unit? I've tried to find some evidence-based articles about but was unsuccessful! If you know of any research on that topic, I'd be most grateful.
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  3. by   chare
    On my unit (PICU), the expectation is that all patients are bathed daily, to include the day of a postoperative admission. There are exceptions for unstable patients.