Background and objectives: Reusable heat and cold treatment devices have a difficult disinfecting procedure. This study investigated the effectiveness of reusable hot and cold packs made from clay on temperatures storage and transfer property. The benefit of this study may be used as an alternative option to heat and cold treatment devices.
Method: Developing heat and cold pack from clay packed into vacuum bags and testing the heat and cold preservation properties and test the skin temperature during the heat and cold compress for 20 minutes.
Results: From a pilot study, it was found that the hot and cold packs, size 25 x 20 cm, made from clay, weight 500 grams, it has temperatures storage property for more than 20 minutes. The average skin temperature increased to a maximum of 44.0 ± 1.3oC and reduced to 41.6 ± 0.2 oC after 20 minutes. Cold compresses, the average skin temperature dropped to the lowest at 22.7 ± 0.1 oC, it was increased to 23.4 ± 0.1 oC after 20 minutes of cold compresses.
Conclusion: This study demonstrated the effectiveness of heat and cold packs made from clay. Based on physiological effects, it can be used as a treatment to promote hot and cold effects. This may be used as an alternative option for effectively heat and cold treatment.