What temperature should blanket and solution warming cabinets be set?

Blanket Solution Warmer Temperature Guidelines:

As the manufacturer of some of the most popular warming cabinets worldwide, Continental Metal Products Healthcare Division, is often asked by clinical hospital staff,  What temperature should blanket and solution warming cabinets be set? CMP refers hospital and Surgery Center professionals to ECRI* and AORN* recommendations in order to provide blanket solution warmer temperature guidelines.

Touchscreen Display Dual Compartment Warming Cabinet demonstrating ECRI recommendations for blanket solution warmer temperature guidelines, recommendations and settings

Blanket Warming Cabinets Temperature Recommendation: 130℉( 54℃ )*

Solution Warming Cabinets Temperature Recommendation: 110℉ ( 43℃ )*or refer to solution manufacturer’s specifications.*

Temperature Data Recording Recommendations: “The temperature of the warming cabinet should be checked at regular intervals and documented on a log or electronically.”*

Quick Temp Electronic Temperature Recorder

 

Easy to operate 2019 touchscreen panel for CMP's Warming Cabinets demonstrating blanket solution warmer temperature guidelines

Easy to operate 2019 touchscreen panel for CMP’s Warming Cabinets demonstrating blanket solution warmer temperature guidelines

ECRI* and AORN* Guidelines for Warming Cabinets

“ECRI Institute recommends that temperature settings on blanket warming cabinets be limited to 130℉( 54℃ ) and that solution warming cabinets be limited to 110℉ ( 43℃ ). Temperature above this level unnecessarily  increases the risks of burns while providing no additional clinical benefit.” *ECRI Recommendations

AORN recommends a limit of 130ºF for blankets and to be in accordance with solution manufacturer recommendations regarding specific solutions.*

ECRI had previously recommended a limit of 110℉ (43 ℃) because solutions were often being warmed in the same cabinets as blankets, and the lower temperature eliminated the serious burn risk presented by excessively heated solutions. With increasing recognition in the healthcare community that solutions should be kept at lower temperatures than, and therefore heated separately from blankets, they believe that their recommendation for blankets can be made less stringent. They continue to recommend that solution warming cabinets be limited to 110℉.

AORN Environments of Care* makes the following recommendations:

blanket solution warmer temperature guidelines

Blanket Warming

“The temperature range of blanket or linen warming cabinets should not exceed 130°F (54.4°C).”*

Solution Warming

“The temperature range of solution warming cabinets should be in accordance with the solution manufacturer’s specifications.”*

All Warmer Temperature Recording

“Post the temperature parameters on the cabinet for ready reference. Be consistent within your facility. The temperature of the warming cabinet should be checked at regular intervals and documented on a log or electronically.”*

Continental Metal Products Dual Compartment Warming Cabinets allow for easy, separately controlled heating of both blankets and solutions. Our new “Quick-Temp” monitoring system makes warmer data temperature logging easier and more accurate than ever before. Simply insert a flash drive into the control panel and all your data is ready to download into your PC.

Quick-Temp USB Temperature Logging feature now comes standard on Continental Metal Products State-of-the-art, new touchscreen control panel Warmers.For more information, please click our links below or Contact Continental Metal Products.

 ”QUICK-TEMP” temperature monitoring system utilizing USB flash drive for data logging

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Dual Compartment Warming Cabinets

CMP Warming Cabinet Touchscreen Control Panel with Quick-Temp Temperature Monitoring System

CMP Warming Cabinet Touchscreen Control Panel with Quick-Temp Temperature Monitoring System

*Resources:

  • Recommended practices for a safe environment of care. In: Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices. Denver, CO: AORN, Inc;2013;217-242.
  • Hazard report: ECRI Institute revises its recommendation for temperature limits on blanket warmers. Health devices. 2009;38(7):230-231.

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