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Bath in conventional bed with Bag Bath®: case-control microbiological and cost

Grant number: 14/25099-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2015 - May 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing
Principal researcher:Alessandro Lia Mondelli
Grantee:Alessandro Lia Mondelli
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FMB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Silvia Cristina Mangini Bocchi


The bed bath is considered the simpler procedure and routine nursing being done based on the degree of partial or total dependency of patients. Literature data and daily practice of the nurse point to a decline in the quality of the bed bath by misuse of the technique, facilitating the appearing of skin infections and soft tissues. The American Nurse Susan M. Skewes developed an alternative method of bed bath (Bag Bath®) that excludes the use of basins, buckets, soap, bath gloves, rinse and towel, promoting more hydrated skin with less prone to infections and with faster healing, decreasing spent nursing time and the number of skin infections and soft tissues. This method consists of eight pre-moistened cotton compress with surfactants and innocuous to the skin, forskin cleansing and hydrationof bedridden patients. Compresses can be applied at ambient temperature or warmed in microwave oven for thirty seconds or water bath. Each pad is used in a part of the body and then discarded, thereby minimizing cross-infection between different parts of the body. The objective of this research is to compare the conventional bed bath technique with Bag Bath® technique in dependent patients in the nursing staff, nursing in neurology / neurosurgery, HC- FMB - UNESP, to compare the techniques regarding: 1) money, nursing spent time and patients time of stay according to each technique; 2) pictures of skin infection and soft tissues and major microorganisms found in infected patients. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PAULELA, DEBORA CRISTINA; MANGINI BOCCHI, SILVIA CRISTINA; MONDELLI, ALESSANDRO LIA; MARTIN, LUIZ CUADRADO; SOBRINHO, ADRIANA REGINA. Effectiveness of bag bath on microbial load: clinical trial. Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, v. 31, n. 1, p. 7-16, JAN-FEB 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DÉBORA CRISTINA PAULELA; SILVIA CRISTINA MANGINI BOCCHI; ALESSANDRO LIA MONDELLI; LUIZ CUADRADO MARTIN; ADRIANA REGINA SOBRINHO. Eficácia do banho no leito descartável na carga microbiana: ensaio clínico. Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, v. 31, n. 1, p. 7-16, 2018-02-00.

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