Volume 13 Supplement 1
Economic comparison of the traditional bathing method with the basinless bathing method in coma patients
© Sucre and De Nicola; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
The coma patient is a particular and unique patient: he depends completely on the caregivers, more than a neonate. The bed bath of a coma patient is important to maintain his personal hygiene, to clean and refresh, to monitor skin condition and to promote comfort. Modern ICU management must offer a high quality of coma patient care and should be constantly fighting for cost-effective ways of providing that care.
The aim of this study was to compare the traditional bed-bathing method with the basinless bed-bathing method. The study focused on nurse satisfaction or acceptance, and the costs of two methods. The study comprised 100 baths of coma patients: 50 completed using the Comfort Bath® (a prepackaged disposable bed bath) and 50 completed using the traditional method. In addition, 30 nurses were recruited and interviewed about their preferences and opinions. The economic study type was cost-minimization and, in part, cost-effectiveness analysis.
Costs of bath technology required
Total bath costs Savings
The present study confirmed that Comfort Bath®, a one-step bed bath, is an economic and preferred alternative to the basin of water. Considering the cost-minimization, the cost-effective use and the significant preference, this prepackaged disposable bed bath symbolizes a new concept in coma patient hygiene.