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Publication Type: Medical Safety Information
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 4/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Country: Japan

This alert discusses multiple patient safety incidents where use of a hot water bottle resulted in a burn injury to the patient. Two incidents are described in detail. In one case, Nurse A prepared a 60˚C hot water bottle because the lower body of the patient felt cold. The bottle was placed on both lower thighs. An hour later, Nurse B removed the hot water bottle, because the patient no longer felt cold. Ten hours later, the nurse noticed erosion and effusion on the lower thigh, and determined that a burn had occurred. Avoiding direct body contact with the hot water bottle was shown in the nursing practice instruction at the hospital, but this was not thoroughly known among nurses.

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hot water bottle

Burn during use of a hot water bottle