The Wet Sheet Pack When bathing is impractical, consider the full wet sheet pack.
This is a procedure in which the whole body is wrapped in a wet sheet, which in turn is rapped
in a dry blanket for regulating evaporation. The blanket should be spread on the bed with its
edges hanging over the edge of the bed. The upper end should be about eight inches from the
head of the bed. Then spread a linen sheet wrung out in cold water over the blanket so that its
end is slightly below the upper end of the blanket.
The patient should lie on the bed sheet with his shoulders about three inches below the upper
edge. The wet sheet should be weekly wrapped round the body of the patient, drawn in, tightly
tucked between the legs and also between the body and the arms.
The sheet should be folded over the shoulders and across the neck. Now the blanket should
be drawn tightly around the body and tucked in along the side in a similar manner, pulling it
tightly. The ends should be doubled up at the feet.
A Turkish towel should be placed below the chin to protect the face and neck from coming into
contact with the blanket and to exclude outside air more effectively. The head should be
covered with a wet cloth so that the scalp remains cold.
The feet should be kept warm during the entire treatment. If the patient\'s feet are cold, place
hot water bottles near them to hasten reaction. The pack is administered for half an hour to one
hour till the patient begins to perspire profusely. He may be given cold or hot water to drink.
This pack is useful in cases of fever especially in typhoid and continued fevers, and benefits
those suffering from insomnia, epilepsy and infantile convulsions. It is useful in relieving
chronic cold and bronchitis and helps in the treatment of rheumatism and obesity.