Toast, heat packs, and other banned substances

I recently fell into a twitter conversation that started with an innocent tweet by Dr Ros Taylor (@hospicedoctor):toasttwitter

I was surprised to learn that toast, a humble source of warmth of comfort, is banned in some hospitals.

I joined the conversation to ask whether anyone was allowed to use heat packs or hot water bottles in their workplaces. The unanimous response was “No.”

I understand the rationale behind these policies (risk of fire, risk of heat injury to patient with sensory deficit) but are they a bit heavy-handed for palliative care patients?

What do you think? Have you worked with similar policies? Is it time for a randomised control trial into benefits vs harms of toast and heat packs?

Elissa

One thought on “Toast, heat packs, and other banned substances

  1. Our Pal care unit makes toast with a sandwich maker, little squashed but toast of sorts as toasters are banned. Re hot packs, we are allowed to use hot packs if ordered by dr. and pt has had a sensory deficit check. We use electric mini hot packs that switch off automatically. I know other of hospitals use different sorts eg heated in special water heater, , or chemical action ones that are one off use.

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