The Importance of Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets in the OR

The Importance of Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets in the OR

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Having a blanket warmer and fluid warming cabinet in a surgery center or hospital is crucial to providing not only patient comfort, but also patient safety. When patients are having a procedure done in an icy-cold operating room, they tend to be cold and generally feel nervous about what’s to come. Not only does a warm blanket make the patient feel more at ease, it also protects them from the brisk air accompanied with any surgery.

Warming blankets is only one of the many uses for a warming cabinet.

Our FHC warming cabinets are designed to heat:

  • Liquid in vented containers

  • Liquid in non-vented containers to max 150°F

  • Metal objects

  • Muslin or cotton sheets & wool blankets

  • Glass containers – must be annealed/borosilicate glass

  • Plastic containers must be rated Thermal capable of withstanding temperatures in excess of 300°F


Preventing Hypothermia During Surgery

If the surgery your facility is performing requires anesthesia, having warm blankets can help prevent hypothermia. In fact, the Mayo Clinic staff reports that general anesthesia can cause shivering and potential body temperature levels to drop, making a warm blanket essential to patients for any type of procedure requiring anesthesia to prevent hypothermia.

Our FHC warming cabinets are also good for preventing hypothermia by warming solutions such as IV fluid and blood transfusion. How warm you keep your warming cabinet is dependent on whether you are using it for fluids or blankets and should be established by each facility individually.

The AORN recommends labeling and dating all fluids as well as posting the appropriate temperature on the side of the cabinet to avoid any confusion. They also recommend regularly checking the temperature to ensure it is at the desired level and notating it on a log.


Does Your Facility Need a Warming Cabinet?


FHC offers a full line of top quality customizable single, double or triple warming cabinets with a variety of features and options you can’t beat! Some of our options include Touch Screen Control, Built-in Ethernet, Temperature recorder, and solution baskets. Manufactured of the highest quality all of our warming cabinets undergo stringent testing procedures to assure a long life and accurate temperature settings.

Future Health Concepts understands how vital this equipment is for your hospital or surgery center and guarantees our products with a one-year labor and five-year parts warranty.

Check them out on our webpage, or give us a call at 888-282-8644 and see if we meet your specifications.

Staff 3/25/2018