Hot Compress


Definition:
The application of heat to a small area with hot gauze or hot compress cloth.

Effects:

  1. Increases circulation locally.
  2. Relieves pain.
  3. Relieves congestion.

Things Needed:

  1. A basin of hot water (104°F), or as hot as can be tolerated.
  2. Gauze or compress cloth (face towel) or any clean piece of cloth.
  3. Solution as per order. May use boiled guava leaves in case of infected wound.
  4. Old newspaper for used dressings.
  5. Baby oil or cream (use only for eye compress).

Procedure:

  1. Boil water or guava leaves if compress is for infected wound.
  2. Apply baby oil on the forehead and eyelids if compress is to be applied on the eyes.
  3. Wring compress from hot water or hot solution. Partially twist the compress cloth holding it on both ends. Dip the compress into the hot water or solution and twist it lightly, pulling the two ends apart, thus squeezing the water out.
  4. Apply compress directly on the area to be treated without pressure.
  5. Compress must be changed frequently at least every 3 minutes. In case of infected wound, discard the used compress cloth or gauze. Use it only once. Do not dip the used compress the second time.
  6. Continue compress for 15-20 minutes, renewing it every 3 minutes. Keep the water or solution hot at all times during the treatment.
  7. At the end of treatment, remove hot compress and dry treated area.
  8. Apply medication or ointment as ordered by physician in cases of infected wound, boils and ulcers.
  9. Apply sterile dressing and keep dry.

Precaution:
Do not apply hot compress when there is tendency to bleed.

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