Six published studies link forced-air warming to increased airborne contaminants around the surgical site, leading to increased infection risks in orthopedic implant surgery. Some of the findings include:
As a result of the research and an exploding number of product-liability lawsuits recently filed by infected patients, many facilities have discontinued warming. Unfortunately, hypothermia can lead to many other negative outcomes.
HotDog--with its patented semi-conductive fabric technology--is the safe warming alternative and also provides improved effectiveness and cost savings benefits. It's the only patient warming system that warms from above and below the patient simultaneously, resulting in a more versatile, more effective warming solution.
Please click on AIRBORNE CONTAMINATION IN THE OPERATING ROOM to see a video demonstrating risks of contamination in the OR with forced air warming.
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