How to Pamper Wounds That Require Warm Soaks

July 1, 2005

When warm soaks are recommended--whether for a sore muscle, an injured tendon, or a hematoma that has developed at a venipuncture site--I advise patients to try the following method: place a washcloth soaked in warm water on the affected area, then cover it with a disposable diaper, using the diaper's self-stick tabs to secure it. The diaper prevents the washcloth from being rapidly cooled by outside air and keeps the patient's clothes dry.

When warm soaks are recommended--whether for a sore muscle, an injured tendon, or a hematoma that has developed at a venipuncture site--I advise patients to try the following method: place a washcloth soaked in warm water on the affected area, then cover it with a disposable diaper, using the diaper's self-stick tabs to secure it. The diaper prevents the washcloth from being rapidly cooled by outside air and keeps the patient's clothes dry.