NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The patient bed bath has been a vital part of any hospital stay since Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing. This daily bath is therapeutic: it not only provides a sense of normalcy for patients, but it provides time for healthcare workers to connect with patients, observe the skin, promote healing through massage and range of motion exercises, and evaluate the use of devices such as catheters1. The workload of the modern nurse has increased dramatically, leading to shortcuts that may not be in the best interest of the patient2.
Mölnlycke Health Care understands the power of the traditional bed bath, particularly its role in infection prevention, and has recognized the need for an easier way to administer this bath. We are pleased to announce the launch of our new HIBI Universal Bathing System, a combination of 10 large, gentle disposable cloths within a package that acts as a single-use bath basin. This simple innovation addresses several customer needs:
- Eliminates the need for reusable basins, a recognized reservoir for pathogens that can cause healthcare-associated infections3.
- Reduces the laundering of hospitals linens, particularly the abrasive washcloths often used for the daily bath.
- Improves the convenience of the traditional bathing process by combining the needed materials and allowing greater control for the user.
- Enables washing and rinsing of the skin with a skin cleanser and water, an important function of the bath that is often lost with the proliferation of hospital wipes.
Al Concemi, the Vice President of Surgical Marketing, adds, “We have listened to our customers and to their patients. There was a clear need to improve the daily bed bath, and we are delivering an incredible product with the new HIBI Universal Bathing System. Patients no longer have to endure rough linens or the tacky residue associated with wipes. And with our convenient solution, nurses can be proud of the care that they provide, a level of care that their patients deserve.”
Trusted for over 40 years to prevent infection, Hibiclens is a gentle 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antiseptic skin cleanser commonly used for daily patient bathing in CLABSI reduction bundles. Our foaming 4oz dispenser, a unique feature among CHG solutions, helps make Hibiclens easy to use and provides patients and staff with visual evidence that encourages better coverage. With our gentle formulation, easy to use product, and library of patient education, Mölnlycke is dedicated to helping patients and staff remain compliant with vital infection prevention protocols.
Mölnlycke Health Care is a provider of high-quality healthcare solutions for customers, healthcare professionals and patients worldwide. We develop and bring to market innovative wound care and surgical solutions along the entire continuum of care – from prevention to post-acute settings. Our solutions provide value for money, supported by clinical and health economic evidence. The Mölnlycke, Hibiclens, and HIBI trademarks, names and logo types are registered globally to one or more of the Mölnlycke Health Care Group of Companies. Distributed by Mölnlycke Health Care US, LLC, Norcross, Georgia 30092. © 2017 Mölnlycke Health Care AB. All rights reserved.
1 ATI Nursing Education Module
2 Castledine, George. “Forgotten importance of giving a bed bath” British Journal of Nursing, 2003, VOL 12, NO 8
3 Johnson, et al. “Patients’ Bath Basins as Potential Sources of Infection” Am J Crit Care 2009;18:31-40