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23. Procedures for application of cold as a comfort measure.

a. Dry cold: Ice bag with ice chips or a solution frozen in a container

1) Wash your hands.

2) Rinse ice bag or container and check for leaks. Fill ice bag with chips or fill a container with water and freeze.

3) Fill bag or container only half full. Force out the remaining air. Secure the top.

4) Always cover bag or container with a towel, then apply. Check frequently. If the treated area becomes white or blue, immediately remove the dry cold application.

b. Wet cold: Cold compresses Follow the directions for a wet warm compress (above) except in regard to solution temperature. Mix the cold compress solution and add ice chips. Keep it cold. Don't let the solution become too diluted. Add more solution as necessary.
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