The Importance of Blanket Warmers and Fluid Warmers in Hospitals January 22 2015
With an increased emphasis on patient satisfaction and reimbursements tied to HCAHPS, healthcare facilities have began to analyze the patient warming process. An outcome of this analysis is that hospitals now invest in is small counter top blanket warming cabinets since having more strategically placed smaller cabinets allow clinicians to provide warmer blankets to their patients. This new act replaces the past common practice of placing one larger cabinet in a single location.
The ECRI guidelines recommended hospitals set their blanket warmers at 130 Degrees F. If nurses are required to travel too great of a distance to provide a warm blanket, not only are there inefficiencies but the blanket may no longer be warmed by the time they reach the patient. At times this can lead to an increase use of linens. The importance of purchasing the right product has never been more paramount with hospital budget shrinking more and more every day. This has caused healthcare professionals to scrutinize items such as blanket warmers like never before. Purchasing the right unit and placing it in the proper location are critical to ensuring that you are compliant with regulatory agencies and that you are providing a blanket that is warm enough to make patients feel more comfortable. Since items such as blanket and fluid warmers are purchased so infrequently by hospitals, it is critical to buy the right unit because it may be quite some time before your budget will be approved to buy another one.
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