UNATTACHED = UNSAFE
Protect Your Patient, Attach the Blanket
One type of misuse is called “hosing” – the improper use of forced-air warming systems which occurs without the attachment of the inflatable blanket.
How does hosing cause injuries?
When clinicians practice hosing, high-temperature airflow is concentrated on one area of the patient’s body.
There are several reasons why hosing can result in injury.
- The air temperature is elevated at the hose nozzle.
- The nozzle may come into contact with the patient's skin, which may result in thermal injury.
- Hot air is concentrated in one spot for an extended period of time, possibly for the duration of a surgical procedure.
Remember – These dangers are only relevant when the product is misused. When used properly as a system, the warming blanket distributes warm air safely and evenly over a large portion of the patient’s body, providing the benefits associated with normothermia.
Forced-air warming blankets evenly distribute the heated air when the air moves through the blanket. Blanket air temperature is typically 2.0° to 5.5°C (3.6° to 10.0°F) lower than the temperature of the air from the hose.