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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2006 Sep-Oct;72(5):361-3.

Exploiting the igloo principle and greenhouse effect to regulate humidity and temperature.

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Department of Dermatology, PSG Hospitals, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Toxic epidermal necrolysis can be fatal and nursing care with careful monitoring of temperature and humidity can improve survival rate. We adapted the greenhouse and igloo principle using a common hood to monitor the temperature and humidity.

METHODS:

A small heater with a regulator was placed in a mini hood and temperature was recorded inside the uncovered hood and hood covered with green cloth and aluminium foil separately. The regular hood was placed over a volunteer and the temperature was measured inside the open hood and hood covered with green cloth and aluminium foil separately. The relative humidity was also monitored using Zeal mercury dry--wet bulb hygrometer.

RESULTS:

Temperature increase was most marked in the foil-covered hood followed by cloth-covered hood, both with the heater and the volunteer. Similarly, in the volunteer study, the humidity was best maintained inside the aluminium foil-covered hood.

CONCLUSION:

We recommend the use of regular hood with suitable cover to monitor the humidity and temperature of patients with toxic epidermal necrolysis.

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PMID:
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