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Avoid hypothermia by using an active self-warming patient blanket

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The average core body temperature of an adult is 37 °C.  However, if the core body temperature drops below 36 °C, it is called hypothermia. This is a threat for patients undergoing a surgical procedure: Around 7 out of 10 patients suffer from unwanted hypothermia.1

Within the first hour of anesthesia, the core body temperature can drop by up to 1.5 °C2. This is mainly caused by anesthesia, as there is a redistribution of heat from the core of the body to the periphery1. This is caused by the heat that is redistributed from the core to the periphery of the body through vasodilation. This lowers the core body temperature, while increasing temperature at the periphery.  The blood vessels dilate and the warm blood from the core of the body mixes with the cooler blood from the extremities. In a normal state, the body regulates such temperature differences itself, by the help of tremors or a contraction of the blood vessels. However, these thermoregulatory mechanisms are almost completely "switched off" during anesthesia. As a result, patients typically become hypothermic.

Active thermal management around the surgery can help prevent the onset of hypothermia.

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A sticker for the hospital hallway

Remind yourself and your colleuges about the importance of keeping the patient warm!
We have created a stick to help you with just that.

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User instructions

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EasyWarm®: Active thermal management with easy handling

In our instructional video, we show you how to use EasyWarm® correctly. We also summarize the advantages of the patient blanket as well as corresponding contraindications for you.

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Tear package open using pre-cut tab located in top left corner. Remove the blanket from the outer protective package to expose BARRIER® EasyWarm® / BARRIER® EasyWarm® + to air.

Open and unfold the blanket completely and do not fold it over itself. When the blanket is exposed to air it reaches operational temperature in approximately 30 minutes and maintains an average temperature of 44°C for up to 10 hours. The skin temperature under each warmer reaches a maximum of 42°C

Place BARRIER EasyWarm with pads up. For surgical interventions above the genital area place the blanket over the lower part of the body. For surgical interventions in the lower abdominal area and low extremities place the blanket over the upper extremities and chest. The maximum time duration that the blanket can be used is 10 hours.

Place BARRIER EasyWarm+ with warming pads facing up with the white side of the blanket towards patient. The blanket is flexible and designed to suit various types of surgical patient positions through the ability to be split into several parts. The blanket’s upper and lower part can easily be detached and re-attached via the hook-an-loop. (The lower part can be split in two additional parts by cutting it at the indicated .)

 

 

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Our solutions

EasyWarm® is an ideal product for providing active pre-warming to patients, without the need for additional equipment such as heated air. The blanket provides a versatile, quiet and user-friendly solution. When the pads in the blanket are exposed to air, heat will be generated.

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1 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin e.V. (DGAI). S3 Leitlinie „Vermeidung von perioperativer Hypothermie“. AMWF online. 2019; verfügbar unter: https://www.awmf.org/leitlinien/detail/ll/001-018.html [Letzter Zugriff: 15.07.22]. 2 Hynson JM, Sessler DI, Moayeri A, McGuire J, Schroeder M. The effects of preinduction warming on temperature and blood pressure during propofol/nitrous oxide. Anesthesiology. 1993;79(2):219-28 (discussion 21A-22A). 3 Klevens RM, Edwards JR, Richards CL, Jr., Horan TC, Gaynes RP, Pollock DA, et al. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. Public health reports. 2007;122(2):160-6. 4 Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia: The management of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia in adults [CG65] [Internet]. London National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 2008:567. 5 Frank SM, Fleisher LA, Breslow MJ, Higgins MS, Olson KF, Kelly S, et al. Perioperative maintenance of normothermia reduces the incidence of morbid cardiac events. A randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1997;277(14):1127-34. 6 Lenhardt R, Marker E, Goll V, Tschernich H, Kurz A, Sessler DI, et al. Mild intraoperative hypothermia prolongs postanesthetic recovery. Anesthesiology. 1997;87(6):1318-23. 7 Rajagopalan S, Mascha E, Na J, Sessler DI. The effects of mild perioperative hypothermia on blood loss and transfusion requirement. Anesthesiology. 2008;108(1):71-7. 8 Shander A, Hoffmann A, Ozawa S, Theusinger OM, Gombotz H, Spahn DR. Activity-based costs of blood transfusions in surgical patients at four hospitals. Transfusion. 2010;50(4):753-65. 9 Anderson DJ, Kirkland KB, Kaye KS, Thacker PA, 2nd, Kanafani ZA, Auten G, et al. Underresourced hospital infection control and prevention programs: penny wise, pound foolish? Infection control and hospital epidemiology. The official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America. 2007;28(7):767-73. 10 Thapa HP, Kerton AJ, Peyton PJ. Comparison of the EasyWarm® self-heating blanket with the Cocoon forced-air warming blanket in preventing intraoperative hypothermia. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2019;47(2):169-74.

 

 

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