Skin hydration in nursing home residents using disposable bed baths
Faculty of Applied Economics
New York, N.Y.
Geriatric nursing: American journal of care for the aging. - New York, N.Y.
, p. 175-179
University of Antwerp
The objective of this study was to evaluate a new way for applying bed baths and reducing the risk for dry skin by comparing the effect of two washing methods on skin hydration. A cluster randomized trial was conducted. Skin hydration was measured before and after implementation of disposable wash gloves, using a MoistureMeter SC at three skin sites. Total skin hydration did not differ between residents at the start of the study in both groups. After implementation, the post minus pre hydration scores were higher for the intervention group than the control group at all skin sites. However, the difference was only significant at cheek site. The use of disposable wash gloves does not increase the risk for dry skin in comparison with traditional washing methods. These results may encourage the introduction of disposable wash gloves as an innovation in daily skin care practice. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.