1/2 Length Mattress
1/2 Length Mattress
Inditherm’s patient warming systems are ideally suited for use in the Emergency Room, Ambulances and for other transport needs. They use the very latest technology to give best available performance and deliver real clinical benefits. Systems are also available that are specifically designed for the needs of the perioperative departments, neonatal warming, and veterinary medicine.
The patented technology ensures best possible heat transfer to the patient, giving unrivalled performance in maintaining core temperature and re-warming hypothermic patients. The combination of large, uniform heating surface, large patient contact area with the warming surface, and conductive heating all contribute to this outstanding warming capability.
Practical & Convenient
The TraumaTherm mattresses allow full access to the patient, whilst maintaining excellent performance. No fitting and adjustment of disposable blankets is necessary. The uniform heat transfer characteristics ensure the patient is warmed without affecting the surrounding environment and medical team. The products come in a range of sizes, can be customised for special needs, and are X-Ray translucent. Blankets are available, where a mattress may not be convenient.
Inditherm mattresses have been clinically proven to provide equivalent or better warming performance than traditional warm air systems (Baxendale, et al, 2000), (Harper, 2007). Research in the emergency room has shown that the system can dramatically reduce pain and anxiety and increase patient comfort (Satheesan et al, 2006).
Simple To Use
Inditherm’s patient warming systems are easy to use and provide a high level of patient care. No setting up is required, allowing staff to concentrate on the needs of the patient. The control unit offers user-selectable temperature with reliable, intelligent alarms. The unit is compact and can be mounted on an IV pole or anaesthetic trolley.
Safe & Reliable
All patient warming products – mattresses and blankets – are powered at low voltage (24V), ensuring that patient and operator safety is maintained at all times. Surfaces are durable and latex-free, with fully RF welded seams, allowing simple cleaning and avoiding risk of damage or infection. The control unit is compact, robust and very reliable with no moving parts.
The unique design fully integrates high performance viscoelastic foam into the mattresses, providing excellent pressure relief. This added benefit has been proven to out-perform traditional gel pads (see Comparison: Pressure Relief) and standard mattresses.
Paper: Baker, E.A, & Leaper, D.J., 2003 – Pressure Relief
Inditherm products have been proven in a wide range of demanding environments. They have been shown to be fully compatible with all other electronic medical devices.
Patient Warming – Technology
Inditherm’s patient warming products are based on their patented carbon polymer technology. This provides a completely uniform conductive heating surface, which is extremely flexible and is powered at low voltage (24Vac). There are no heating “elements”, so warming is completely even, avoiding hot and cold spots and allowing much better heat transfer.
The carbon polymer is combined with a foam pad to give unrivalled heat transfer characteristics. The pliable heating surface provided by the polymer allows it to be placed above the pressure relieving pad, ensuring that there is no attenuation of the warming performance. The combination of these two materials allows the heating surface to mould itself to the shape of each individual patient, giving the largest possible area of contact. The warming mattress returns to its original flat surface once the patient is removed, ready to be used for the next case. The mattress is encapsulated in a latex-free, nylon fabric cover, with non-microporous polyurethane coating, which is fully sealed with RF welded seams. This unique design ensures that the highest possible thermal transfer characteristics can be achieved, giving the best warming performance available.
Comparison with conventional heated mattresses
The carbon polymer technology is extremely durable and should not be confused with carbon fibre materials, which suffer from limited life and degradation of performance due to the fragile nature of the individual fibres and their consequent breakage during routine use. Similarly, there is no comparison between the Inditherm system and conventional technology mattresses; the latter typically use elements for heating and therefore cannot give anything like the same warming characteristics, which in most cases is further hampered by the need to use gel pads between the patient and the heating surface, for pressure relief. The Inditherm polymer also eliminates the risk of burning patients, which is associated with broken heating elements in traditional electrical mattresses. Water mattresses can give reasonable heating performance; however they are not nearly as convenient, typically suffer from reliability problems with annoying leakages and are normally considerably more expensive.
Comparison with Forced Air Warming
Forced air warming has been the dominant technology for over a decade. However, this method is not always considered convenient, requiring a special blanket on top of the patient and therefore reducing ease of access to the patient for the surgical, nursing and anaesthetic teams. Further, forced air also warms the surrounding environment and staff and can thus affect laminar flow operating room systems. The cost of disposable items associated with air warming is significant and may have an effect on the number of patients being actively warmed. As a result, ever increasing numbers of users are finding that the Inditherm system is much more effective, convenient and economical than forced air warming, and the standard therefore looks likely to change rapidly in the coming years.
Safe and easy to use
A control unit is used to maintain the mattresses and blankets at the user-selected temperature. Temperature is monitored by a thermistor built into the mattress or blanket and this signal is used to allow control of the power supplied. The control unit uses a transformer to convert the mains input to 24Vac, and regulates this to achieve and maintain the required heating. This low voltage operation ensures safety for both patient and staff, and the system is fully isolated and approved to medical device regulations for Class II, Type BF. A thermal cut-out is also integrated into the mattress or blanket to prevent over-temperature.