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Warming cabinets are often used to heat blankets for patient comfort and to help maintain the patient’s body temperature. However, incidents have occurred where the temperature was too high and the blanket was applied in a manner that caused burns. Limiting temperature settings on blanket warming cabinets can prevent patient burns, but what is a safe blanket temperature and how can the staff best balance patient comfort and patient safety?
Hospitals continue to ask ECRI Institute for guidance on the proper blanket warmer temperature and a rationale for our recommendation. In fact, this topic is frequently asked about by nurses and clinicians and is one of the most frequently searched topics on our website. They want to know the risks associated with improper use and how these risks can be avoided.

Hospitals are asking

  • Why did ECRI Institute make the blanket warmer temperature recommendation?
  • Do they have an updated recommendation?
  • What are the procedures I should follow for using the blanket warmer recommendations?
  • How can we ensure patient comfort with adequate warming while still safeguarding against injury with improper use?

 Hear the answers to the most popular questions asked at the webinar

​ECRI Institute web conference Q&A

Length: 9:00.



*This web conference is free for ECRI Institute Health Devices SystemTM, Health Devices GoldTM, and SELECTPlusTM members. List price for archive recording and materials is $249.

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  • Mark E. Bruley, CCE, Vice President, Accident and Forensic Investigation, ECRI Institute
  • Georgene Saliba, MBA, CPHRM, Administrator, Risk Management and Patient Safety, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Lisa Durfee, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, Perioperative Nursing Educator, Inspira Medical Center


  • Erin Sparnon, Engineering Manager, Health Devices, ECRI Institute

Presenters covered:

  • The basis of our temperature recommendation
  • Real-world blanket warming tips and stories from the field
  • The risks associated with not following the temperature guidelines
  • Post-anesthesia care units (PACU) managers
  • Operating room managers and directors
  • Nursing directors
  • Medical directors
  • Risk managers
  • Patient safety officers
  • Biomedical and clinical engineers
  • Facilities engineers

​​A Web Conference Presented by ECRI Institute

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