bed bath

  1. I just had a question for any ICU nurse out there how often do you give a bed bath to an ICU patient by that I mean q 8-12 hours or QD?
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  3. by   utahliz
    At least Qday, more often if they need it. I work nights and our policy is to give them on nights. However, if a pt. is sweaty, stinky, stooling frequently, bleeding, vomiting, etc., most of our nurses (day or night) will bathe them and change linens, even if it's been done recently.
  4. by   RNperdiem
    Baths are done on night shift in our unit. There is an unspoken rule that you hand over a patient who is presentable to the next shift. Unless it has been a really bad day, you will not be given a patient obviously dirty on stained linens, slumped down in bed. Often during the course of the shift, I will change a stained gown or draw sheet. I do a "fluff and puff" on patients in the late afternoon.
  5. by   noelia23RN
    thanks for your reply
  6. by   meandragonbrett
    We do it qday and PRN. Each room is designated as a "night" or a "day" bath so that you only have one bath due on your your shift.