It’s a ‘Wash’: Reducing Patient Declination with CHG Bathing

Reviewed by Steven J. Schweon, Infection prevention consultant, Saylorsburg, PA

The authors launched a performance improvement initiative to increase patient adherence with CHG cloth bathing on a surgical, non-ICU patient care area. To improve staff buy-in, education, patient scripting, and “badge buddy” information was provided. At the end of the project modest improvements were noted in the proportion patient refusals documented (23% to 8%) and in CLABSI reductions (0.69 to 0.65 CLABSIS per 1000 line days). The authors concluded that added additional efforts are needed to improve compliance.

Destine Y, Capes K, Reynolds SS. Reduction in patient refusal of CHG bathing. Am J Infect Control. 2023 Sep;51(9):1034-1037.  doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2023.01.007.

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