​PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA“What temperature should we set our blanket warming cabinets?” It’s one of the questions we’re frequently asked by clinicians and ICU nurses, says ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care.

Warming cabinets are often used to heat blankets for patient comfort and to help maintain the patient’s body temperature. However, a surprising number of incidents have occurred where the temperature of the cabinet was too high and the blanket was applied in a manner that caused patient burns. Limiting temperature settings on blanket warming cabinets can prevent patient burns, but what is a safe blanket temperature and how can the clinical staff best balance patient comfort with patient safety?

To guide hospitals on the proper blanket warmer temperature and to provide a forum for reviewing these recommendations, ECRI Institute is presenting an educational web conference, “Blanket Warmers: Balancing Patient Comfort and Patient Safety,” on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., ET.

The objectives of this webinar are to help participants:

  • Understand the basis of our temperature recommendation
  • Review real-world blanket warming tips and stories from the field
  • Recognize the risks associated with not following the temperature guidelines


  • 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

This program is intended for operating room/post-anesthesia care managers and directors, nursing directors, medical directors, risk managers, patient safety officers, biomedical and clinical engineers, and facilities engineers. The interactive format of ECRI Institute’s web conference will provide ample time to interact with the panel during the Q&A session and encourages participation. 

Members of ECRI Institute’s Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, and SELECTPlus™ will receive this program at no cost as part of their membership with advance registration. Non-members can register for $249.

ECRI Institute will offer live updates from the event on Twitter at #EIConf.

To learn more, or to register for this web conference, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at circulation2@ecri.org; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA. ECRI Institute also offers free resources in our free eNewsletters.


About ECRI Institute
​ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 45 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute).

For more information, contact:
Laurie Menyo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
(610) 825-6000, ext. 5310