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Key Takeaways: Environment of Care

Publish Date: March 10, 2021


ACTION:

Take precautions to reduce the risk for thermal injuries related to warming solutions, blankets, and linens in blanket- and solution-warming cabinets. 

EXPLANATION:

Have an interdisciplinary team conduct a risk assessment to establish and implement a maximum temperature limit for blanket warming cabinets based on evidence and the manufacturer’s instructions for use. 6.5.

The danger of burns from heated solutions, blankets, or linens is increased in the perioperative setting because patients may be unconscious or sedated and not able to feel an increase in temperature or communicate discomfort. 

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