The use of infant radiant warmers poses a hazard of neonatal hyperthermia. Serious overheating can result from mechanical failure of the controls, from dislodgment of the sensor probe, or from manual operation without careful monitoring. Deaths have been associated with hyperthermia induced by radiant warmers (reports will be published).
Therefore, when a warmer is purchased, adequacy of the safety mechanisms to prevent overheating should be given prime consideration. Radiant warmers should be used with caution and awareness of this lethal potential.
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