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    From Dr. Robert Spalding President of MediNail Learning Center ( )

    RE: Towel Warmers leading to Lawsuits advises if you are using towel warmers of any type to perform soak less, waterless pedicures or even pedicure tub hot water soaks, be sure to check the temperature settings for any client with any form of neuropathy and/or serious vascular issues whether diabetic neuropathy or neuropathy due to trauma, chemotherapy or any of 16 various causes of neuropathy.  These pedicure clients with these high-risk medical problems can possibly be burned thermally with heat. This can be accelerated if you are using callus remover products with potassium hydroxide (potash); you can be injured by chemical burns.

    Over the last 3 years, Dr. Robert Spalding, the President of and a practicing podiatrist has been consulted and testified in court regarding several thermal and chemical burns from pedicures using hot towel warmers.  He says, “these injuries have a common denominator, using too hot towel applications as more nail techs switch to wrapped wet hot towel applications for possible fear of infections from pedicure tubs.

    However, in the case of hot towel applications, clients are unable to easily withdraw their feet from the hot temperature when their feet are wrapped and sometimes additionally wrapped with plastic to trap even more heat to the lower extremity. At least with the pedicure tubs has a cool water source or basin or have a means to cool the legs down quickly. People who have advanced neuropathy simply cannot wick away the heat from their body as those who have intact sensation and functioning vascular systems.

    Many times towel warmers are shipped pre-set at the hottest setting at or above 140 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit or 6o to 76 degrees centigrade which can scald bare skin if used at these temperatures.  If you apply a set of towels and then wrap the legs or feet with the highest temperatures and you have any type of high risk vascular or neuropathic medical problems with or without diabetes, you should use a highly reduced temperature setting closer to normal body temperature. It is best to cool down the towels before application to avoid burning highly neuropathic or vascular impaired patients who cannot always feel if they are being burned.

    Dr Spalding says, “If you are not familiar with these types of high-risk pedicure clients or would like to learn more about these type of spa injuries or salon lawsuits and how to avoid them, I invite you to free introductory classes from the MediNail Learning Center that you can educate yourself 24 hours a day 365 days a year from your own home.”  This hot towel information is found in the MediNail Master Series.