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Discharge Instructions: Using a Cold Water Therapy Device

Your doctor prescribed a cold water therapy device. A cold water therapy device helps reduce pain and swelling and aids recovery. The device maintains a constant and precise temperature, providing up to 7 hours of continuous cold water therapy. Here’s what you need to know about home care.

Home Care

  • Use the cold water therapy device as directed by your doctor. He or she will tell you how many hours a day you should use it.

  • Apply the pad to the area of your body that is injured. Don’t wrap the area too tightly; firm pressure is enough.

  • Press the hand pump 5 times. You will feel cold water fill the pad.

  • Pump again whenever the pad begins to feel warm (15-20 minutes). You can continuously circulate the cold water from the cooler. Most devices can provide about 7 hours of cold therapy.

  • Take pain medication as directed.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Call 911 right away if you have:

  • Chest pain.

  • Shortness of breath.

Otherwise, call your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher, or shaking chills.

  • Increased redness, tenderness, or swelling of the incision or injured limb.

  • Drainage from the incision.

  • Increased pain with or without activity.


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