Intelligent temperature management

The normal regulation of the core body temperature of a healthy, resting adult human (around 37°C) is affected during surgery, which can lead to an increased rate of wound infections, bleeding and cardiac complications. The manufacturer of MoeckWarming System reusable blankets reports that these provide comprehensive temperature management to ensure patients remain normothermic.

Constructed in layers, each has a green side to cover the patient and this is made from an ultra-fine microfilament textile. The surface absorbs fluids, so surgeons can work immediately with HF instruments without the risk of burns. The range consists of a 3-D textile that facilitates significant pressure relief, the manufacturer reports: ‘It is therefore possible, for the first time, to induce convective heat under the patient without disrupting the supply of warm air on the support points. The lower layer is made from PU coated polyester fabric, which is impermeable to air and moisture.’

Particular patterns produce heat from below and above, using large areas of skin for heat transfer, for all areas of surgery, but this is particularly useful in cardio-thoracic, paediatric and transplant operations.

07.07.2010

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