Evidence-Based Bathing of Critically Ill Patients

Kathleen Vollman

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Lecture overview

In the year of the nurse, it is important to remember a famous quote by Florence Nightingale; “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm”. In our current work cultures, some basic nursing care activities designed to prevent harm, are frequently seen as just tasks to be completed before the end of the shift or just one more project.  With health care infections a worldwide problem we can make a difference in preventing the invasion or halting the spread of microorganisms by implementing basic care strategies to reduce the source of the infection. This session provides an in-depth examination of the science of bathing critically ill patients and the impact it has on infection.  This session will seek to dispel any myths and address the evidence-based practice and provide suggestions for successful implementation leading to a change in care. 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 modes of transmission for the spread of microorganism in the hospital environment.
  2. Define key evidence-based care practices around bathing that can improve the skin condition.
  3. Discuss the science to support bathing practices that help reduce the development of health care acquired infections. 
  4. Outline key program steps using case examples for changing bathing practices within your unit. 

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Kathleen Vollman

Kathleen Vollman is a Critical Care Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, such as pulmonary, critical care, prevention of healthcare acquired injuries, work culture, and sepsis recognition & management. From 1989 to 2003 Kathleen functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. 

Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focussed on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. 

Kathleen is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI, and HAPI, as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for the American Hospital Association and the Michigan Hospital Association. 

In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine, in 2009 she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses, and in 2012, she was appointed to serve as an Honorary Ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and is currently the financial Director.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.