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Scald injury from the Guthrie test: should the heel be warmed?


A 6 day old boy sustained scalds to his right foot from application of a “warm nappy” to increase blood flow to facilitate heel pricking for a routine Guthrie test. It is proposed that active warming of the heel in isolation is not necessary in heel blood sampling.

  • Guthrie test
  • heel prick
  • scald

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