Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of the Weighted Blanket With Adults

Some of our customers have inquired as to the safety of weighted blankets for sleeping.  The study linked to below was conducted in 2016.  Its purpose was to investigate the safety and effectiveness of the ongoing use of a 30-pound Weighted Blanket.  The criteria was whether a weighted blanket would cause a negative impact onvital signs (blood pressure, pulse rate, pulse oximetry) with an adult inpatientmental health population. The results demonstrated no adverse effects on vital signs with the use of the 30-pound Weighted Blanket. The study verified that “the use of a Weighted Blanket was safe for 100% of the adult participants.

*Please note, your weighted blanket should be approximately 10% of your body weight.  A 30lb blanket is too heavy for most customers.

Abstract

The weighted blanket (WB) is a modality used to self-comfort,
rest, sleep, and decrease anxiety. This exploratory, pilot study inves-
tigates the safety and effectiveness of the standardized use of the
30-pound WB with 30 adults during an acute inpatient mental
health hospitalization. Safety measures include blood pressure,
pulse rate, and pulse oximetry monitoring, with and without the
30-pound WB. The State Trait Anxiety Inventory-10 (STAI-10), a
self-rating 0–10 anxiety scale, and electrodermal activity (EDA)
readings measure effectiveness for anxiety reduction. No statistical
differences in vital signs indicate WB safety. The STAI-10 and
self-ratings indicate 60had a significant reduction in anxiety
using the WB. EDA readings were inconclusive.

Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of the Weighted Blanket With Adults During an Inpatient Mental Health Hospitalization (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283027811_Evaluating_the_Safety_and_Effectiveness_of_the_Weighted_Blanket_With_Adults_During_an_Inpatient_Mental_Health_Hospitalization [accessed Aug 24, 2017].

TINA CHAMPAGNE
Northampton Center for Children and Families, Northampton, Massachusetts
BRIAN MULLEN
Therapeutic Systems, Boston, Massachusetts
DEBRA DICKSON
Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina
SUNDAR KRISHNAMURTY
University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283027811_Evaluating_the_Safety_and_Effectiveness_of_the_Weighted_Blanket_With_Adults_During_an_Inpatient_Mental_Health_Hospitalization [accessed Aug 24, 2017].

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