Bed bath; Sponge bath
Some patients cannot safely leave their bed to bathe. For these patients, daily bed baths can help keep their skin healthy, control odor, and make them feel better. If moving the patient causes pain, plan to give the bed bath after the patient has received pain medicine and it has taken affect.
A bed bath is a good time to inspect the patient’s skin for redness and sores. When you do this, pay special attention to skin folds and bony areas.