Sponge Bath

Sponge Bath

A sponge bath with tepid water reduces fever by dilating superficial blood vessels, thus releasing heat and lowering body temperature. A tepid-water sponge bath may lower systemic temperature when routine fever treatments fail, particularly for infants and children, whose temperatures tend to rise very high, very quickly.

Preparation of Equipment

Prepare a hot-water bottle and an ice bag. Then place the bath thermometer in a basin, and run water over it until the temperature reaches the high end of the tepid range (93° F) because the water will cool during the bath. Immerse the washcloths in the tepid solution until saturated.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Sponge Bath

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