Please read Important Points to be Observed with all Treatments before performing this treatment.
Patients who cannot tolerate cold
Patient who is chilled - wait until the entire body is warm
A cloth wrung from cold or ice water which may be applied to any part of the body.
Compress may be a wash cloth or hand towel (terry cloth) cheesecloth, etc. (The size depends on the part to be treated.) Use a friction mitt if Cold Mitten Friction is to follow the heating.
Basin for ice water
Some patients cannot tolerate moist cold over sinuses
Keep bed dry
Do not drip cold water on patient
Do not let patient get chilled
Never cover a cold compress, it heats too quickly
Preparation for Treatment
See that the patient is in a comfortable position
Have the room warm with no drafts
Protect pillow and bed with plastic
Place compress in cold water and wring out just enough so it does not drip
Apply and press firmly; if patient is sitting up while receiving treatment, compress must be long enough to be wrapped around head so it will stay in place, otherwise just across patient's forehead is adequate
Renew frequency, every 1-5 minutes; have basin right beside the patient.
Completion of Treatment
Remove compress and dry skin thoroughly
Make sure patient's hair is dry.