Warming Devices, Use of

Warming Devices, Use of


  • Assess child’s clinical history and related symptoms to determine reasons for hypothermia:

    • Injury to or disease of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, which can produce changes in the child’s ability to thermoregulate

    • Lack of clothing or covers

    • Cold environment (e.g., crib placed near a window or air-conditioning vent)

    • Diagnosis related or recent surgery

    • Dehydration

    • Hypoglycemia

    • Sepsis

    • Wet linen and covers

    • Pooling of secretions under the body

    • Ventilation with cold, dry oxygen

    • Failure to thrive or starvation

imageCold-stressed children may have electrolyte and cardiac disturbances that require close observation.

  • Explain to the child and the family what you will be doing to moderate or alter the child’s temperature
    and make the child more comfortable. Include the following in discussion:

    • Measures used to provide warmth to the child

    • Manner in which the family can assist with the child’s care while maintaining the child’s temperature such as swaddling

    • Explanation of all equipment to be used to assist in warming the child

    • Measures to be used to monitor the child’s temperature

    • Providing skin-to-skin contact (“kangaroo care”) to the infant

  • Encourage the family to be present in the room and to participate in measures to warm the child.

  • Use diversionary techniques with the child if needed to ensure their cooperation while undergoing warming procedures.

Jul 9, 2020 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Warming Devices, Use of

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