Getinge, a leading global provider of innovative medical technology, today announced the launch of a new line of blanket, fluid and combination warming cabinet models in the United States. The blanket and fluid warming cabinet technology now being offered supports the clinical benefits of intra-operative and post-operative warming to improve patient comfort, satisfaction and outcomes.
Research has demonstrated that preventing hypothermia has numerous benefits, including reducing surgical site infections by as much as 67 percent,[i] decreasing blood loss, reducing pain and promoting faster healing.[ii]
“With the U.S. launch of this new line of stainless steel blanket, fluid and combination warming cabinets, hospitals can purchase all of the advanced warming technology they require through a single source,” said Joey Knight, Senior Sales Director, Surgical Workflows at Getinge. “The product line is designed to overcome the shortcomings of traditional warming technology, and to reduce the total costs of ownership and risk of hospital-acquired infections, while improving patient outcomes.”
About the Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets
Getinge offers an extensive selection of blanket and fluid cabinet capacities to accommodate space limitations and needs in operating rooms (ORs), emergency rooms (ERs), intensive care units (ICUs) and patient rooms. Cabinets have optional locking doors so they can be placed in locations convenient to staff while ensuring their contents are not compromised or used without authorization. Cabinet walls and shelves have patented intelligent, multi-zone heating technology that includes multiple foil panels to prevent blankets from overheating. Three independent heating systems and sensors monitor the cabinet temperature to provide evenly-balanced heat. If one heating source fails, the remaining panels compensate for any loss of heat to eliminate downtime while maintenance is scheduled.
Additionally, to reduce costs and the need for repairs, the small, standalone blanket-warming cabinets do not incorporate lint-clogging fans or moving parts. The absence of air-circulating fans and lint traps also helps manage potential infection control issues. Each unit is completely enclosed in stainless steel to improve cleanability and help reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
Cabinets operate in virtual silence to help counter the growing and pervasive noise problem within hospitals that contributes to heightened patient anxiety and interrupted sleep. All fluid warming units can operate as blanket warmers providing additional capacity if needed. The temperature range (90° to 150°) of the top chamber of Getinge’s combination blanket/fluid warming cabinet can also be used to heat either blankets or injectable/irrigation fluids.
Features and Benefits of ivNow Modular Fluid Warmer
In addition to the blanket, fluid and combination warming cabinets, Getinge has entered into a distribution agreement wth Enthermics Medical Systems, for US distribution of their ivNow Modular Fluid Warmer. The ivNow is designed to overcome shortcomings of traditional warming technology of intravenous solution bags. With the ivNow Modular Fluid Warmer, injection, intravenous and irrigation solutions can be warmed in 30 minutes or less at the point of use without the need for expensive in-line and infusion warming systems that require costly disposables and lengthy set-up time. Hospital staff place the IV bag in the pod to activate the unit and automatically warm fluid up to 104°F (40°C). The adjustable temperature of every bag is tracked and recorded throughout the warming process to facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements and reduce waste. After 15 days of continuous warming (user adjustable from 7-60) days, the unit alerts staff to remove and discard the fluid bag. The ivNow Modular Fluid Warmer can be ordered in one, two or three pod configurations, and can be mounted on walls, booms, equipment poles or placed on countertops. Each stackable pod operates independently to minimize disruption in the event of failure.
With a firm belief that every person and community should have access to the best possible care, Getinge provides hospitals and life science institutions with products and solutions that aim to improve clinical results and optimize workflows. The offering includes products and solutions for intensive care, cardiovascular procedures, operating rooms, sterile reprocessing and life science. Getinge employs over 10,000 people worldwide and the products are sold in more than 135 countries.
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[i] 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;334:1209-15.
[ii] Sessler DI. Non-pharmacologic prevention of surgical wound infection. Anesthesiol Clin. 2006;24:279-297.