Policies for Application of Heat

  1. 0 What is the policy at your hospice for use of heating pads, rice packs, hot water bottles, etc? How do you advise your patients?
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  4. Visit  mom4josh profile page
    I work in hospice in a major hospital. The only use of heat we can order is the facility heating pads (also called K-mods). We are not allowed to use wet towels heated in the microwave, as I've seen some do. There was a pt who sustained 2nd degree burns as a result of someone doing this and not watching the time heated.
  5. Visit  tewdles profile page
    We use heat with caution in our very debilitated patients...they are too easily burned. Sometimes our more alert and mobile patients may use a heating pad or similar device to help with pain, but we would rarely recommend that use in a bedridden or totally dependent patient.

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