Better Patient Bathing


Key Facts

AJIC - Hospital bath basins are frequently contaminated with multidrug-resistant human pathogens

Copyright 2012 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

During a 44-month study period, a total of 1103 plastic basins were sampled from 88 hospitals across North America
62.2% of the plastic basins (at least 1 basin at each hospital) were found to harbor at least 1 pathogen commonly associated with HAIs

Pathogens included multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs), such as VRE and MRSA
Conclusion - Plastic basins are common reservoirs for bacterial pathogens