This Heating Pad Is “Sew” Much Safer

December 31, 2006

An electric heating pad can burn patientsif they fall asleep while usingit.

An electric heating pad can burn patientsif they fall asleep while usingit. A safer alternative is a "beanbag"heating pad. After the bag is heatedin a microwave oven for about 30 seconds,the beans retain heat for 15 to20 minutes. Patients can make theirown by sewing together all but aninch of the edges of a folded washcloth.This opening is used to fill the"bag" with dried beans and then isstitched closed.-- Karen Myers, ARNP-C
   Tallahassee, Fla