- •Patient bathing with nonantiseptic products was not found to reduce health care-associated infections.
- •Patient bathing with nonantiseptic products does not reduce skin colonization.
- •No-rinse washcloths may be preferable in bed-bound patients to decrease skin lesions.
- •Showers may reduce C difficile skin contamination more effectively than baths.
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Conflicts of interest: Dr. Longtin has received research support from Merck & Co, GenePOC, Becton Dickinson and Gojo (outside of the submitted work). Dr Veronica Zanichelli reports no conflicts of interest. Dr Carolyn Pavoni reports no conflicts of interest. Ms Jennifer Eastmond reports no conflicts of interest.
Financial support: Institutional grant, Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Longtin receives salary support from the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec.