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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Convective burn from use of hairdryer for heel warming prior to the heel prick test - a case report
Authors: Ray, Robbie
Godwin, Yvette
Shepherd, Ashley
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Keywords: heel puncture
heel warming
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Ray R, Godwin Y & Shepherd A (2011) Convective burn from use of hairdryer for heel warming prior to the heel prick test - a case report, BMC Pediatrics, 11.
Abstract: Background Blood sampling through heel lancing is the most common invasive painful procedure performed on newborn infants. Case Presentation We report the case of a five day old infant who sustained burns to the left foot and leg after the mother's hairdryer was used by the midwife to warm the baby's heel prior to capillary blood sampling (CBS) with an automated device. Conclusion Heel warming is not recommended for routine CBS although it is often practiced. If pre-warming is to be practiced, standardised devices should be used rather than improvised techniques. This will reduce the risk of injury to these infants.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: © 2011 Ray et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.; Consent: Written consent was obtained from the infants parents for publication of this case report and the accompanying images.
Affiliation: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
HS Research - Stirling

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