A few years ago my 40+ brother had an open cholecystectomy. He then spent five nights in the hospital. After his fourth night, when I visited, I couldn't help but notice his body odor. In response to my question, said he said he had been asking if he could take a shower, but the answer was no, not yet. Finally, on his last day, his drain and staples were removed and he was told he could now take a shower. He didn't bother because he was being discharged in a couple of hours, anyhow. Now I'm wondering why he was not given a bed bath or two during his stay, given the fact that he was not allowed to shower. Why not? Are baths no longer given to ambulatory post-op patients?