Q: I work at an ICF facility. We have a person with arthritis and I was just asked if a heated pad massaging seat could be purchased for them. I know we can’t have heated blankets, personal heaters, etc. With this item having heat, I would assume it would probably not be approved either. Can I get your input??
A: There are no CMS codes or standards that would prohibit this type of device. Actually, there are no codes or standards that would prohibit electric heating blankets, but the perceived risk of danger usually disqualifies them from use.
There will be risks in using this heated, massaging seat that you need to address, such as:
- Trip hazard with the electrical cord
- Something heavy rolling on the electrical cord creating a pinch-point, thereby causing a short-circuit over time
- The seat becoming too hot for the patient
If you address these risks in a risk assessment and mitigate them to the satisfaction of the surveyor, you should be fine.