Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Convective burn from use of hairdryer for heel warming prior to the heel prick test - a case report
Author(s): Ray, Robbie
Godwin, Yvette
Shepherd, Ashley
Contact Email:
Keywords: heel puncture
heel warming
Pediatric nursing
Nursing Care
Issue Date: May-2011
Date Deposited: 28-Jun-2011
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.
DOI Link: 10.1186/1471-2431-11-30
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.
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
AS - Convective burn from use of hairdryer etc.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version165.37 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

A file in this item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.