Comparing the effectiveness of two types of cooling blankets for febrile patients.

Jean Tak Alice Loke Yuen, Helen C.L. Chan, Tony M.F. Chan

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Abstract

A randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare the effectiveness of airflow- and waterflow-cooling blankets for febrile patients in intensive care unit. More patients in the airflow than in the waterflow-cooling blanket group reached the desired temperature of <38 degrees C at the end of 8h (94.1 versus 60.0%, chi2=2.86, P=0.047). Patients in the airflow blanket group also took less time than those in the waterflow blanket group to achieve the desired temperature (3.1 and 5.7h, respectively, U=2.00, P<0.001). These findings suggest that the airflow blanket is the cooling blanket of choice for febrile patients when external cooling is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalNursing in critical care
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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