Inditherm Reusable Patient Warming System
REUSABLE PATIENT WARMING SYSTEM
Customers are telling us that on a daily basis, patients are continuing to leave operating theatres with core temperatures below 36 degrees Centigrade. This leads to patients being vulnerable to a range of complications which can increase morbidity and mortality.
These complications can include increased infection, increased bleeding due to platelet deactivation, cardiac complications and increased length of hospital stay, even in day surgery. (1,2,3,4)
Traditional methods of patient warming such as forced air warming may be suitable for many patients where adequate coverage can be achieved, however many types of surgery only allow the staff to warm a small portion of the patient. The patient doesn’t just circulate blood in the area that the patient is being warmed in! The areas that aren’t being warmed will cool the circulating blood and contribute to a possible decrease in core temperature. Combine this affect with that seen when the anaesthetic agents are given to the patient and it’s easy to see why some patients will not be warmed above 36 deg C before leaving the operating theatre.
The Inditherm carbon polymer warming system addresses the issue of only being able to warm part of the patient. The patient lies on the Inditherm mattress and receives a reliable and uniform, conductive warming effect to their entire underside.
- Inditherm has been compared in two studies to forced air and has been found to be at least as comparable. (5, 6)
- Inditherm is convenient to use and will warm all patients
- Inditherm has built in pressure relieving qualities
- Inditherm is safe, it runs on a low (24V) electricity supply
- Inditherm doesn’t obscure the surgical field and doesn’t decrease staff comfort
For more information, click here to download the Inditherm Patient Warming Brochure
- Maintaining perioperative normothermia. Harper, C.M et al, BMJ, 2003; 326:721-722 (April)
- Active warming of critically ill trauma patients during intrahospital transfer, a prospective, randomised trial. Scheck, T et al, Wien Klin Wochenschr, 2004 Feb 16; 116(3): 94-97
- Randomised trial of systemic warming as an adjunct to resuscitation in peritonitis : pilot study using APACHE II as an outcome. Wong, PF et al, Br. J. Surg. Vol 91, Suppl. 1, May 2004
- Perioperative systemic warming reduces morbidity and 30 day mortality after elective major abdominal surgery. Kumar, S. et al, Eur. Surg. Res. 2004; 36 (suppl 1): 1-148
- Comparison of the Inditherm mattress and forced air patient warming device during major abdominal and orthopaedic surgery. Baxendale et al, 2000, Dept. Anaesthesia, University Hospital, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.
- Is a warming mattress as effective as forced air warming in preventing perioperative hypothermia. Harper, C.M. Et al, ASA Annual Meeting Extracts, A92, October 13th 2007.