Patient Warming Solutions

  • Unintended hypothermia is easily preventable. Studies show that warming patients by maintaining a core temperature of 36ºC or higher, helps to improve outcomes by reducing the frequency of complications often associated with inadvertent hypothermia. The consequences of hypothermia include higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays and an increased rate of wound infection.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 3M is dedicated to providing patient warming solutions that help to enhance patient recovery. Contact us now to find out how 3M can help your organisation to achieve its patient warming goals.

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Hypothermia facts: Did you know?

  • 70%

    Over 70% of surgical patients experience postoperative hypothermia every year.7

  • 3x More Likely

    Patients with mild hypothermia are three times more likely to develop a surgical site infection.8

  • 10 Minutes

    Patients can be effectively pre-warmed in just 10 to 20 minutes prior to general anesthesia.9


The importance of hypothermia prevention

  • Pre-operative care

    Pre-operative care

    NICE recommends starting forced-air warming pre-operatively on the ward or in the emergency department, and maintaining forced-air warming throughout the intra-operative phase.10 Pre-warming patients for just 10 to 20 minutes prior to general anaesthesia adds to the total heat content of your patient's body, helping prevent perioperative hypothermia and reduce postoperative shivering.11

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  • Intra-Operative care

    Intra-operative care

    All surgical patients, regardless of age, weight or other factors, undergoing general or regional anaesthesia are susceptible to Redistribution Temperature Drop (RTD). Research shows that core body temperature drops up to 1.6°C in the first hour following the induction of general anaesthesia,7 increasing the risk of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia and its associated complications12.

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  • Post-Operative care

    Post-operative care

    NICE recommends that patients should be actively warmed using forced air warming until they are discharged from the recovery room or are comfortably warm12. Avoiding hypothermia and vasoconstriction after surgery leads to minimised wound hypoxia, and promotes wound healing and resistance to infection. Hypothermic patients also experience longer recovery timers than normothermic ones.13

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3M Patient Warming solutions

  • 3M Bair Paws™ System

    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Gowns

    Forced air warming gowns

    Bair Hugger warming gowns offer both comfort and clinical warming options throughout the perioperative process in one convenient product. Used in place of a traditional cotton gown, it allows temperature-controlled forced-air to flow through the gown, keeping your patients warm and comfortable.

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  • 3M Bair Hugger™ Therapy

    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Therapy

    Forced air warming blankets

    Over 100 clinical studies have been published on the effectiveness of foced air warming, which combats perioperative hypothermia two to three times faster than conductive warming17. 3M Bair Hugger was the first globally successful forced air warming system, which now features 23 different patient warming blankets to meet your every hypothermia prevention & patient warming need. With over 25 years of clinical experience, 3M has become the a leading name in patient warming, creating advanced products that help to support patient recovery.

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  • 3M Ranger™ Systems

    3M™ Ranger™ Therapy

    Blood and fluid warming

    The Ranger™ Blood and Fluid Warming System with SmartHeat™ technology adapts to virtually any fluid warming need, from KVO (keep vein open) to in excess of 30 litres per hour. A variety of disposable sets mean that your fluid warming needs are always available, including paediatric, standard and high flow sets.

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    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System

    Temperature monitoring system

    The Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system is a non-invasive, accurate core temperature monitoring system that continuously measures patient temperatures with an affordable single-use sensor, providing standardisation with one consistent temperature monitoring method throughout the perioperative process.

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3M is dedicated to helping to reduce hypothermia in hospitals, while also increasing efficiency, effectiveness and patient comfort. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help your organisation.

References

    1. Augustine SD. Hypothermia therapy in the postanesthesia care unit: a review. (J Post Anesth Nurs 1990;No,54: 254-263)
    2. Frank S.M., Fleisher L.A., Breslow M.J, et al (1997), Perioperative maintenance of normothermia reduces the incidence of morbid cardiac events. A randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, No. 277, Vol. 14, pp. 1127-1134.
    3. Bush H.L. Jr., Hydo L.J., Fischer E., Fantini G.A., Silane M.F., Barie P.S. (1995) Hypothermia during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the high price of avoidable morbidity. Journal of Vascular Surgery No. 21, Vol. 3, pp. 392-402.
    4. Schmeid H., Kurz A., et al. (1995) Mild hypothermia increases blood loss and transfusion requirements during total hip arthroplasty. The Lancet, No. 347 , Vol.8997, pp. 289-292.
    5. Brown Mahoney, C. (year) Maintaining intra-operative normothermia reduces risk of adverse outcome for more cost effective patient care. (AANA Journal forthcoming)
    6. Sessler D.I. (1997) Current concepts: mild perioperative hypothermia. New England Journal of Medicine, No. 336, Vol. 24, pp. 1730-1737.
    7. Augustine SD. Hypothermia therapy in the postanesthesia care unit: a review. (J Post Anesth Nurs 1990;No, 5, Vo,l 4: 254-263)
    8. Kurz A, Sessler DI, Lenhardt R. Perioperative normothermia to reduce the incidence of surgical-wound infection and shorten hospitalization. Study of Wound Infection and Temperature Group. N Engl J Med 1996; 334: 1209-1215 Flores-Maldonado A, Medina-Escobedo CE, Rios-Rodriguez HM, Fernandez-Dominguez (2001) Mild perioperative hypothermia and the risk of wound infection. Arch Med Res 32:227-231
    9. Horn, E.P. Bein, M.D. (2011), Prophylaxis of Perioperative Hypothermia in Patients undergoing general anaesthesia by short time pre-warming. Anaesthesiology.
    10. National Institute of Clinical Guidance – Clinical Guideline 65 – Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia –The management of inadvert perioperative hypothermia in adults
    11. Horn, E.P. Bein, M.D. (2011), Prophylaxis of Perioperative Hypothermia in Patients undergoing general anaesthesia by short time pre-warming. Anaesthesiology.
    12. National Institute of Clinical Guidance – Clinical Guideline 65 – Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia –The management of inadvert perioperative hypothermia in adults
    13. Tülsner, J. Zentrale Aufnahme/Zentrum, für ambulante und Kurzzeitchirurgie, Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH, Neuruppium. Case report, 2010, Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    14. Tsuei BJ, Kearney PA, (2004), Hypothermia in the trauma patient. Injury, Vol. 35, pp. 7-15

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