Surgical product how-tos

How to use BARRIER® EasyWarm®

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, June 1 2012Posted in: Surgical product how-tos

Learn how to use BARRIER® EasyWarm® active self-warming blanket for easy patient warming before, during and after surgery.

Watch video on the benefits of the BARRIER EasyWarm blanket, as well as the ease of use.

You can also download product sheet with instructions for use.

 

 

1. Tear package open using pre-cut tab located in top left corner. Remove the blanket from the outer protective package to expose BARRIER EasyWarm to air.

2. Open and unfold BARRIER EasyWarm completely and do not fold it over itself. When the blanket is exposed to air it reaches operational temperature in approximately 30 minutes and maintains an average temperature of 44°C for up to 10 hours. The skin temperature under each warmer reaches a maximum of 42°C.

3. Place BARRIER EasyWarm with pads up. No extra weight should be added on top of warming pads.

4. During the pre– and post operative period, and during surgical interventions on hand, arms and head, place BARRIER EasyWarm over the entire body.

5. For surgical intervention in the lower abdominal area and lower extremities place BARRIER EasyWarm over the upper extremities and chest, with the cutout of the blanket at head level.

6. For surgical interventions above the genital area place BARRIER EasyWarm over the lower part of the body.

General information

  • Do not fold the blanket over itself.

  • Remove from patient before X-ray or MRI since the warming pads are not translucent.

  • Warming pads should be placed facing up.

  • It is recommended to avoid direct skin contact in areas with bruising, swelling and frostbite. In patients with impaired sensibility, reactivity or communication, skin response should be monitored regularly in accordance with hospital protocol.

  • After use, dispose BARRIER EasyWarm with regular waste. Possible to incinerate.

  • To be handled under supervision of healthcare provider.

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Precautions

  • BARRIER EasyWarm is not designed to be used on children.

  • If prolonged hypotension can be expected, use of the blanket should be avoided.

  • The blanket should not be used in cases of severe peripheral vascular disease.

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