applewhitern, BSN, RN 1,871 Posts Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience. Nov 3, 2014 He would have been given a bath if I had been his nurse! And a complete linen change. I have worked with surgeons who insisted their post-op patients take a shower, and say it is actually not a problem to let warm, soapy water run down their incision, but that depends on the surgeon and the particular type of surgery. However, there is no excuse for not giving a patient a bed bath; it doesn't take that long. Patients need oral care, too.