Soap and water bed bathing is a proven source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Published: 
20/03/2013
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Soap and water bed bathing is a proven source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

There is now a recognised direct link between soap and water bed bathing and patient mortality due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa residing in hospital water systems.3,6,7,8

Biofilm-forming pathogens can create potent biofilms in hospital pipes, hot water tanks, sinks and even touchless taps, contaminating the water on contact and putting vulnerable patients at risk.5,9,10,11  As a result the Department of Health has issued guidelines advising the use of single use wipes for bathing in augmented care units to remove the risk of infection to vulnerable patients.12

Joanne Hardwick, Managing Director, Patient Hygiene, Synergy Health said: “The studies highlight the potentially harmful bacteria vulnerable patients are being exposed to as part of their bed bathing routine.  Oasis® pre-packaged bathing wipes offer a waterless bathing system that can help healthcare professionals comply with Department of Health guidelines and remove the risk of exposing vulnerable patients to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”

The Oasis® Bed Bath System includes, wipes, washmitts and a shampoo cap which can be used warmed or at room temperature to provide a hygienic alternative to soap and water bed bathing.  The wipes are pre-packaged and rinse free, delivering a convenient, comfortable and hygienic method of all over body cleansing. 

Visit the Oasis® Bed Bath pages or contact us for an information pack by sending us an email at: healthcaresolutions@synergyhealthplc.com

 

References: 1. Report of the Burden of Endemic Health Care-Associated Infection Worldwide.  World Health Organisation 2011.  2. Kabbra JJ, Brady MB. Contamination of bar soaps under in use conditions.  J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 1984 Jul;5(4-5):1-14. 3. RQAI Independent Review of Pseudomonas Final report May 2012. www.rqai.org.uk. 4. Stone S, et al., Removal of bath basins to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Poster presented at APIC 2010, New Orleans, LA, July 2012. 5. Exner M, Kramer A, Lajoie L et al. Prevention and control of health care associated waterborne infections in healthcare facilities. Am J Infect Control 2011. 6. Grundham H et al. J Infect Dis. 1993;168: 943-7. 7. Trautman M et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2001;22;49-52. 8. Breathnach AS, Cubbon MD, Karunaharan RN et al. Multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreaks in two hospitals: associated with contaminated hospital waste-water systems. J Hosp Infec. 2012 Jul 27.0 9. LePrat R, Demzot V, Bertrand X, et al. Non-touch fittings in hospitals: a possible source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella spp. J hosp Inf. 2003;53:77-82. 10. Assadin D, El-Madini N, Seper E, et al. Sensor operated faucets: a possible source of nosocomial infection? Infect control Hops Epidemiol. 2002;23:44-46. 11. Shannon R, Allen M, Durbin A, et al. Patient bath water as a source of nosocomial microbiological contamination; an intervention study using chlorhexidine. J Healthcare safety, Compliance and Infect Control. 1993;3:180-184. 12. Water sources and potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination of taps and water systems.  Advice for augmented care units.  Department of Health. 31 March 2012.  www.dh.gov.uk/publications

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