A bath may just save your life

Several Kansas City area hospitals were part of a nationwide study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that found a bath may just save your life.

The results of the study showed that using antimicrobial soaps on every patient in the ICU cut down on bloodstream infection rates by 44 percent. For those of you non-health care folks this may sound like a no-brainer but the truth is – it’s harder than you might think.

Patients in ICU’s are sick and they often have breathing tubes and lines in them. Bathing in the traditional sense is nearly impossible. There is now evidence that shows the benefit so the next step is going to be developing a process.

Health care staff are inventive and I have no doubt an effective process will be developed. After all, a bath may just save someone’s life and isn’t that why we’re here – to save lives…

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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