Comparing the effectiveness of two types of cooling blankets for febrile patients

Alice Y. Loke*, Helen C.L. Chan, Tony M.F. Chan

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A randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare the effectiveness of airflow-and waterflow-cooling blankets for febrile patients in intensive care unit. More patients in the airflow than in the waterflow-cooling blanket group reached the desired temperature of <38°C at the end of 8h (94·1 versus 60·0%, χ2=2·86, P=0·047). Patients in the airflow blanket group also took less time than those in the waterflow blanket group to achieve the desired temperature (3·1 and 5·7h, respectively, U=2·00, P<0·001). These findings suggest that the airflow blanket is the cooling blanket of choice for febrile patients when external cooling is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalNursing in critical care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Airflow-cooling blanket
  • Critical care
  • Febrile patients
  • Waterflow-cooling blanket

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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