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The body tolerates greater extremes in temperature when duration of exposure is shorter.
The larger the area involved , the less tolerant the skin in to extremes in temperature.
Consider the condition of the patient.
--unconscious, debilitated, circulatory problems, broken skin have decreased tolerance to extremes in temperature. Selection of temperature depends on: 1. reason used 2. duration 3. method of application 4. condition of patient
Legal Aspects 4. Leave on only as ordered. 6. If patient is injured, you can be sued. 1. Always check the order and check hospital or agency's policy. 2. Assess client, especially his/her skin prior to application. 3. Check as frequency as needed depending on type of application, but at least q1h 5. Document: a. treatment used b. how patient tolerated procedure c. how skin looked afterwards