Hot Mitten Friction


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A variation of the cold mitten friction is obtained by using hot water instead of cold. It is applied in exactly the same manner, the water temperature being as hot as the operator's hands can stand for dipping mitts.



An application of hot water with friction, using Turkish towel or loofah/mitts.

Physiologic Effects

  1. Sedative - The first response to the hot mitten friction is stimulating, but the more lasting effect is soothing and relaxing to the nervous system.
  2. Due to the evaporation of the hot water from the skin it is also a mild agent to relieve and reduce Retention Fevers.


  1. Nervous Tension and in Nervous Conditions
  2. Retention Fevers when the skin is cold and cyanotic


  1. 2 sheets or 2 bath blankets
  2. 2 friction mitts
  3. Pail of large basin of hot water, as hot as operator's hands can tolerate when dipping mitts
  4. Bath towels
  5. Material for Hot Foot Bath and Cold Compress for the head


Important Considerations

  • Expose only one part at a time
  • Avoid skin lesions.
  • Patient must be warm and dry after treatment.

Preparation for Treatment

  • Room should be warm and free from drafts
  • Protect bed from dampness.


  • Do one part at a time-extremities first, then chest and back.
  • Wring mitts quickly so they do not drip, rub body part vigorously 5-8 seconds.
  • Quickly cover part with the towel and dry with friction.
  • Cover area with bath blanket and proceed to next part.
  • Work quickly and briskly.

Completion of Treatment

  • Be sure the skin is thoroughly dried and patient is warm
  • Encourage patient to rest for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Make record of treatment and patient's reaction.