Uses of Medical Warming Cabinets
On the surface, warming cabinets seem to be pretty self-explanatory. They are cabinets used to warm things. Simple enough, right? However, what exactly are these units used to warm?
Tue Jan 20 2015
In today’s edition of the MedWrench blog, I want to discuss warming cabinets. I have recently noticed an increase in both requests for leads, as well as forum questions concerning these units. So, I thought why not do some research and educate myself a little more. On the surface, warming cabinets seem to be pretty self-explanatory. They are cabinets used to warm things. Simple enough, right? However, what exactly are these units used to warm? Below you will find 5 uses for medical warming cabinets.
5 Uses of Medical Warming Cabinets
- Blanket Warming: Warm blankets not only ensure patients feel comfortable and cozy in medical facility, but also help prevent preoperative and postoperative hypothermia as well as decreasing hospital recovery time. Using warm blankets on patients also helps ease anxiety before surgery to give them a feeling of security before undergoing surgery.
- Irrigation Solutions: A key purpose of an irrigating solution is to maintain both the anatomic and physiologic integrity of intraocular tissues. Keeping irrigation solutions warm, like blankets, helps prevents preoperative hypothermia, decrease post-operative recovery time, as well as the added benefit of providing the optimum wound healing environment and comfort with the procedure and to foster a positive patient experience.
- Intravenous Fluids: Intravenous therapy may be used to correct electrolyte imbalances, to deliver medications, for blood transfusion or as fluid replacement to correct, for example, dehydration or chemotherapy. Keeping these fluids warm also ensures the patient maintains the optimal internal temperature and feels comfortable during procedures.
- Injection Fluids: Each time fluids are injected, medical officials must be sure it is warm to keep the body’s temperature at the normothermia state for maximum recovery rate.
- Blood: Often used in emergency settings, operating rooms, and intensive care units, blood is warmed to prevent hypothermia. It also ensures the temperature is safe for infusion.
Did I miss anything? If so, please do not hesitate to post a comment below and inform our MedWrenchers what else warming cabinets may be used for.