Hot Blanket Pack
from Hydrothermic Remedies...
First Blanket Water 75°C, Water Bottles 70°C, Foot Bath 40°C
A general application of heat followed by a cold mitten friction for general body heat and tonic effect.
- To elevate body temperature
- To cause profuse sweating
- To cause vasodilation
- To soothe nerves
- To relax muscles
- To increase pulse rate
- To dull sensation and relieve pain (due to colic from gall or kidney stones)
- Person who has taken a Chill (to elevate body temperature)
- Chronic Rheumatic Pains (joint and muscular)
- Chronic Neuritis in Neuralgia
- Childhood Fevers
- Production Fever with hot, sweaty skin (also works well in Retention Fever - cold-skin fever)
- Aged or feeble person
- Skin Eruptions
- Pregnancy or menstruation
- Heart Disease
- Three large blankets
- Two Hot Water Bottles half filled with water at 70°C
- Basin of ice water with Cold Compresses for head and heart
- A pitcher of hot water for Hot Water Drinking, a tumbler, a straw
- Four towels
- Hot Foot Bath at 40°C
- Large basin for dipping blanket at 75°C
- Make sure the blanket is wrung dry of all water - patient may be scalded otherwise, (blanket also cools off much faster if not wrung properly)
- Use Cold Compresses or Ice Bag over the heart if fainting or fibrillation
- Patient must be brought to profuse perspiration. If not the treatment may result in heat prostration.
- Ensure the patient is not chilled after treatment
- Envelop Hot Water Bottles with the dry blanket layers
Preparation for Treatment
- Have patient take Hot Foot Bath; with Cold Compresses to head
- Protect the bed with a plastic sheet
- Place one blanket over the bed
- Soak the other blanket in hot water at 70°C. Wring out thoroughly.
- Spread hot blanket over the bed
- Place three towels over the hot blanket where the shoulders, hips and heels will rest.
- Assist the patient onto the bed
- Wrap quickly (as in Wet Sheet Pack) leaving head and neck exposed.
- Fold a towel lengthwise and wrap around neck and blanket to prevent air getting in
- Place one Hot Water Bottle between the feet and one between the legs (wrapped in a towel)
- Envelop patient in the dry outer blanket
- Keep head and heart cool with Cold Compresses
- Monitor temporal pulse and respiration every 5 minutes (ensure patient is conscious - quickly unwrap the patient and apply Ice Bag to heart if unconscious or evidence of fibrillation or overheating)
- Give patient hot water to drink
- If patient does not perspire in a short time, give hot water to drink.
- Continue treatment until pack ceases having a heating effect or patient is sweating profusely. Can be 5 to twenty minutes.
Completion of Treatment
- Conclude treatment by Cold Mitten Friction or Cold Towel Rub, treating one part at a time.
- Cover parts with a dry blanket after they are treated to protect against chilling
- Ensure the patient is warm. Place a Hot Water Bottle at the patient's feet and allow to rest for an hour.
- Put materials and equipment away.
from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...
- 4-5 woolen blankets
- a plastic sheet
- 2-3 Hot Water Bottle
- All except one blanket spread over plastic covered bed so they just cover the pillow.
- The other blanket is rapidly wrung from 70°C water, spread on bed
- The naked patient lies and is wrapped as for Wet Sheet Pack
- Hot Water Bottle to feet for additional heat.
- Take oral temperature before, during and after and ensure it does not rise in fevers
- Retention Fevers before cold baths just long enough to warm skin and insure reaction - temperature as high as can be borne
- Production Fever - 2-4min
- Convulsions of Childhood with Pallor
Eliminative or Spoliatives in:
- Acute Nephritis alone or in
- Toxaemia in
- Rheumatoid Arthritis in remission
- chronic Toxaemia
- Malaria with
- Trigger Points
- Dengue Fever
- Collapse in Cholera
- Kidney Stones
- Use in acute conditions and sparingly in chronic cases
- Take care not to burn in cases where skin sensation is impaired
from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...
- 2 Double blankets
- 1 Hot Water Bottle ½ filled 70°C - wrapped in 1-layer blanketing
- 3 spine bags (long Hot Water Bottles) ½ filled 70°C - wrapped in 1-layer blanketing
- bowl of ice water for Cooling Compress
- 2 towels
- jug of hot drinking water, tumbler and straw
- Dry blanket spread on bed
- Cooling Compress to head while patient still in foot bath
- Fold other blanket in half, wring as dry as possible from boiling water, unfold quickly and place over dry blanket.
- Assist patient onto blanket
- Wrap entire body except head in the hot blanket. Ensure blanket contacts the skin, no air spaces to be left near skin.
- Place wrapped spine bags (long Hot Water Bottles): between legs 7 on sides of the trunk
- Place wrapped Hot Water Bottle on feet
- Tuck both blankets in well, especially at feet and neck and shoulders to exclude air
- Protect chin with soft towel
- Place Cooling Compress on head and neck. Replace often.
- Precordial Compress if needed
- If no perspiration within 10min, give Hot Foot Bath, if still no sweating cease treatment.
- Continue 20-30min - until ceases to be heating
- Tonic - 5-10 min
- Finish with Cold Mitten Friction; cover each part as it is done
- Blanket is wrung from boiling water, spread quickly over a dry blanket and quickly wrap patient.
- a thin dry blanket may be used next to patient
- do not include arms in the pack
- Hot Water Bottle over abdomen and down sides maintain heat
- Cold Shower Pack
- Cooling Pack
- Dry Blanket Pack
- Dry Pack
- Half Pack
- Heating Pack
- Heating Pelvic Pack
- Heating Trunk Pack
- Hot and Heating Pack
- Hot Blanket Pack
- Hot Hip and Leg Pack
- Hot Leg Pack
- Hot Trunk Pack
- Neutral Pack
- Revulsive Pelvic Pack
- Revulsive Trunk Pack
- Sweating Pack
- Trunk Pack
- Wet Sheet Pack
- Winternitz Pack