THE EXPERIENCE OF REMOVING SOAP FROM ST VINCENT’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
50% of our organisation’s patient population is older than 75 years of age. This population is at greater risk of skin damage.
An audit of personal hygiene practices for 100 patients showed that soap was provided alongside multiple creams for patients and there was no rationale for use of one product over another.
The aim was to remove soap completely from the hospital and reduce patient’s risk of skin tears and protect skin from effects of moisture and friction by developing an evidence based skin care protocol.
Nursing experts from Dermatology, Tissue Viability and Practice Development devised a protocol based on evidence-based practice.
PLAN FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Staff adopted the new regime once educated on evidence based practice. We will continue with ward based education and the regime will be integrated in nursing hospital policy and become mainstream practice.