Why Hosing Happens

Protect Your Patients

Understanding that clinicians would never knowingly put their patients at risk, it’s clear that many are simply unaware of the serious consequences of hosing. Some clinicians, recognizing the benefits of warming, may perceive that simply placing the warming hose under the surgical drapes is an effective way to use a forced-air warming system.

Others, unaware of the hazards of false economy, may think that hosing is a way to warm the patient while saving the hospital money, not realizing that most standard forced-air warming blankets are inexpensive. It is also possible that hosing is a consequence of patients being prepped so quickly that a blanket isn’t put in place.

In any case, knowing that nobody would choose to put their patients at risk, we are confident the practice of hosing can be prevented with additional education.

Without Blanket: Infrared Imaging

Without blanket: Infrared imaging shows how warming without an attached forced-air warming inflatable blanket puts the patient at risk. Temperatures are elevated and dangerously concentrated around the hose nozzle and patient skin. Contact between the skin and hose surface may also result in thermal injury.