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Understanding Evidence-Based Practice
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Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice
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Bed bathing cleanses the skin, removes odor, and enhances personal hygiene, leading to higher self-esteem. Therefore, it is essential to perform bed bathing based on the best available evidence, so that hospitalized patients are receiving high quality care. The aims of this project were to ensure bed bathing is performed according to the best available evidence, provide a pleasant bed bathing experience for patients, and promote evidence-based practice within clinical culture. The project was implemented in three phases using a system of audit and feedback. JBI PACES (Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System) was utilized to set up a team, data collection, data analysis, GRIP process (Getting Research into Practice) and report writing. GRIP was used for barriers identification, formulation of strategies, and resource identification. There was 100% and 90% improvement of criteria 1 and 2 respectively. There were 21 sub criteria in criteria 1. The 21 sub criteria were detailed steps to follow when performing a bed bath. Criterion 2 referred to evidence of bed bathing and documentation in the patient's file. This project has successfully introduced evidence-based practice in relation to bed bathing among the assistant nurses. They have increased levels of confidence in performing high quality care, and are better prepared to be ambassadors for evidence-based practice among their colleagues.
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