Blanket Warmers

Q: Do we need to post the temperature ranges on the outside of our blanket and fluid warmers?

A: Well… no, I don’t believe you do. But the expectation is everyone using the blanket warmers will know what the maximum and minimum temperature settings are. This needs to be established and approved via policies, and staff needs to know the acceptable ranges.

So, one of the better ways of reminding staff what the acceptable ranges are is posting the temps on the warmer itself. It may not be a requirement and you don’t have to do it, but it may be considered ‘best practice’ to post the temps on the cabinets as a reminder.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.