Heat and Cold Therapy Application Notes

Heat and Cold Therapy Application Notes - Heat and Cold...

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Heat and Cold Therapy Dry Heat Applications: Advantages: Less risk of burns to skin Less likely to cause skin maceration Retained longer Disadvantages: Increased body fluid loss Lack of deep tissue penetration Increased drying of the skin Examples: Aquathermia Pads Electric heating pads Chemical hot packs Moist Heat Applications: Advantages: Less drying of skin Softening of wound exudate Deeper penetration of tissues Disadvantages Maceration of skin can occur Rapid cooling of application Greater risk of burns Examples: Sitz baths Whirlpool Soaks (immersion of body part) Compresses Dry Cold Applications: Advantages: Less likely to cause skin maceration
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Unformatted text preview: Forms are light weight, mold easily to the body Disadvantages: Limited ability to penetrate tissues Examples: Ice bags Ice collars Commercial ice packs Hypothermia blanket Moist Cold Applications: Advantages: More penetration into tissues Mold well to body Disadvantages: Prolonged exposure can cause maceration Examples: Tepid baths Sponge baths Ice compresses Documentation: Date Time Duration of application Equipment used Site applied Temperature setting Skin assessment Vital signs and client’s tolerance Any complications...
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  • Spring '13
  • Jones
  • Nursing, Heater, Aquathermia Pads

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