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79 Personal Care
  1. M Jonesa,
  2. H Thomsona,
  3. M Gaulta,
  4. A Dunna and
  5. S S Hyndb
  1. a Inpatient Unit, The Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr, Scotland
  2. b Clinical Effectiveness Department, The Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr, Scotland

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Hospice care assistants appreciate the importance of maintaining patients’ personal hygiene. It is recognised within the inpatient unit that regular bed bathing is paramount if highly dependent patients are being cared for in bed. The procedure of bed bathing is integral to nursing; it promotes carer/ patient bonding and assists in building therapeutic relationships.


Care assistants devised an …

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