Thermal injuries in three children caused by an electrical warming mattress

Dewar, D. J., Fraser, J. F., Choo, K. L. and Kimble, R. M. (2004) Thermal injuries in three children caused by an electrical warming mattress. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 93 4: 586-589. doi:10.1093/bja/aeh236

Author Dewar, D. J.
Fraser, J. F.
Choo, K. L.
Kimble, R. M.
Title Thermal injuries in three children caused by an electrical warming mattress
Journal name British Journal of Anaesthesia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0912
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bja/aeh236
Volume 93
Issue 4
Start page 586
End page 589
Total pages 4
Editor J. M. Hunter
C. S. Reilly
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
730204 Child health
Abstract Peroperative hypothermia is recognized to increase mortality and morbidity, and the paediatric anaesthetist faces specific challenges resulting from the increased body surface to volume ratio, particularly in smaller children. We describe three children who were consecutive patients on one operating list and sustained severe thermal injuries. These were due to a malfunctioning electrical heating mat, despite appropriate use and monitoring by the attending anaesthetist. It is rare for thermal warming devices to cause injury. We review the use of heating mats, and suggest modifications in their manufacture which may minimize the risks associated with heating devices.
Keyword Anesthesiology
Anaesthesia, Paediatric
Equipment, Warming Mattress
Measurement Techniques
Mild Hypothermia
Bedding and Linens
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2005 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Medicine Publications
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