Clinical 2018-06-15T17:32:36+00:00

Medical Professionals: Clinical

Orthopedics Surgery

Challenge 

Warming while maintaining sterility of the surgical field is critical. Research shows a single airborne germ can cause an implant infection. Forced-air warming systems have been shown to increase particles over the surgical site 2000x. As a result, orthopedic surgeons recommend air-free warming instead of forced-air during implant surgery. Research

In addition, orthopedic operating rooms are typically several degrees colder than general operating rooms and result in high rates of hypothermia. A 2014 study in the Journal of Arthoplasty found that a “disturbingly high” 26.9% of patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery remained hypothermic at the conclusion of surgery despite being warmed by a forced-air system.

Why HotDog Excels

HotDog is air-free. Patients are efficiently warmed without producing significant amounts of waste heat, which, with hot-air systems, is the vector for contaminants to reach the sterile field.

HotDog can warm from above and below the patient at the same time resulting in more effective warming than any other system. The underbody mattress overlay can go inside of bean bags, over peg-boards, and used with other positioners to adapt to the challenges of any case.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

U101 Underbody Warming Mattress

U101-Underbody-Mattress-32"

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

B105-Multi-Position-Warming-Blanket

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B103-Lower-Body-Warming-Blanket

Spine Surgery

Challenge 

Warming while maintaining sterility of the surgical field is critical. Research shows a single airborne germ can cause an implant infection. Forced-air warming systems have been shown to increase particles over the surgical site 2000x. As a result, orthopedic surgeons recommend air-free warming instead of forced-air during implant surgery (Research).

In addition, warming during spine surgery is challenging, especially with open-frame tables (like the Jackson™ table). Exposure to the cold floor-environment because of the open-frame table results in radiant heat loss and a declining core body temperature for the surgical patient. The only way to offset that heat loss is to warm as much surface area as possible. Two hot-air blowers are noisy, hot, and impractical.

Why HotDog Excels

HotDog is air-free. Patients are efficiently warmed without producing significant amounts of waste heat. Waste heat from forced-air systems has been shown to increase contaminants at the surgical site by 2000x compared to HotDog.

HotDog controllers can operate two blankets at the same time, making HotDog the ideal solution for warming during spinal surgery.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

B105-Multi-Position-Warming-Blanket

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B103-Lower-Body-Warming-Blanket

-Add U102 if not using an open-frame table

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

Robotics

Challenge 

Laparoscopic surgeries with robots create very difficult warming cases. The patient is often positioned in steep Trendelenburg, and the only warming surface is above the nipple line (with arms tucked and legs in stirrups). Cold positioning pads often contribute to high rates of patient hypothermia.

Why HotDog Excels

HotDog’s WaffleGrip™ accessory — a Trendelenburg positioning system — safely anchors the patient while providing an effective warming solution. Single-use WaffleGrip covers the reinforced HotDog mattress (U300) to secure the patient while allowing warming from below. WaffleGrip holds the patient primarily with friction, minimizing pressure on the brachial plexus. It’s the world’s first Trendelenburg positioning system that can warm while holding the patient in place.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

B105-Multi-Position-Warming-Blanket

U300 Warming Mattress

U300-Underbody-Mattress

A300 (Waffle-Grip Kit)

Plastic Surgery

Challenge 

Body-contouring procedures require a lot of exposed surface area. These cases are often “wet,” which can lead to evaporative heat-loss and hypothermia with forced-air systems.

Similar to orthopedic implants, implants used in plastic surgery need to be kept free from airborne contaminants. Forced-air warming systems have been shown to increase particles over the surgical site 2000x. (Research)

Why HotDog Excels

This customer testimonial perfectly sums up HotDog’s advantages:

“Our Plastic Surgery practice had a significant problem with hypothermia, particularly during breast and body contouring procedures where forced-air heating was inadequate because of the large surface areas exposed.  Since converting to the HotDog Patient Warming System, our patients arrive in PACU normothermic, they emerge from anesthesia faster and in less discomfort, and are ready for discharge sooner.  My anesthesia providers love it, and my Bair Hugger has been permanently relegated to recovery room duties.”

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

B105-Multi-Position-Warming-Blanket

U102 Underbody Mattress

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

Pediatrics

Challenge 

Pediatric patients have high surface-to-mass ratios, meaning they warm and cool very quickly. The limited surface area also presents challenges. Infants are particularly difficult.

Does forced-air warming ever inadvertently displace small surgical patients? Does it irritate the surgeon with waste heat and noise? Does it cool patients with evaporative heat loss in wet procedures? These are all common complaints we hear from physicians using hot-air systems with pediatric patients.

Why HotDog Excels

Air-free conductive fabric warming solves all of these unintended and complicated issues. It’s safe, easy-to-use, air-free, and efficient. HotDog patient warming is FDA 510k cleared for use on pediatric patients. See the brochure for more information.

Only available in the US.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

U220 Pediatric Underbody Warming Mattress

U220-Pediatric-Underbody-Mattress

B203 Pediatric Lower Body Blanket

B203-Pedatric-Lower-Body-Warming-Blanket

B270 Pediatric Head Wrap (Small)

B270-Small-Pediatric-Head-Warming-Wrap

B271 Pediatric Head Wrap (Large)

B271-Large-Pediatric-Head-Warming-Wrap

U102 Underbody Mattress

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

See the M125 Pediatric Brochure for a description of each product.

M125-Pediatric-Brochure

Cardiovascular Surgery

Challenge 

Full access to the patient is needed, and sterility is vital, so forced-air systems are discouraged. Circulating water mattresses increase vascular occlusion and, therefore, can contribute to pressure-related injuries.

Why HotDog Excels

The conductive fabric heating element in HotDog mattresses is designed to not interfere with the pressure-reduction qualities of an OR mattress—a revolutionary advancement. Nearly all other underbody warming technologies are stiff, increasing the chance of patient bed sores via vascular occlusion and heat-accelerated tissue necrosis. HotDog does not increase vascular occlusion and is controlled at temperatures safe for under the patient.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

U102 Underbody Mattress

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

Labor & Delivery

Challenge 

Full frontal access is needed for skin-to-skin contact. Mothers need to hold their newborns after birth without a warming blanket in the way.

Why HotDog Excels

HotDog warms under the patient without restricting access to the patient with the underbody mattress. The gentle warmth provides comfort to the mother during an exciting, yet stressful, time.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

U101 Underbody Mattress

U101-Underbody-Mattress-32"

Thoracic, Transplant, or Other Major Abdominal Surgery

Challenge 

High rates of hypothermia are common during large abdominal procedures. The patient is exposed and opened up at the core, leading to radiant heat loss and a declining core body temperature. The only way to offset that heat loss is to warm as much surface area as possible. Two hot-air blowers are noisy, hot, and impractical.

Why HotDog Excels

A HotDog controller can operate two blankets and a warming mattress simultaneously. That maximum surface area provides effective warming during these difficult procedures.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

U101 or U102 Underbody Mattress

U101-Underbody-Mattress-32"
U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

General OR Surgery

Challenge 

The warming system needs to be versatile to adapt to a variety of surgical procedures and patient positions.

Why HotDog Excels

HotDog provides complete perioperative warming solutions, from pre-op through post-op. HotDog is the warming solution for your most basic to your most challenging cases: lateral, lithotomy, spine, CVOR, robotics, etc. It’s the only warming system that can warm from above and below the patient at the same time, offering unrivaled versatility.

HotDog conductive fabric warming technology meets the SCIP and PQRS guidelines for active warming.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HhotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B103-Lower-Body-Warming-Blanket

B105 Multi-Position Blanket

B105-Multi-Position-Warming-Blanket

U101 Underbody Mattress

U101-Underbody-Mattress-32"

Trauma Surgery

Challenge 

Versatility and quick warming is essential. The product needs to be easy to apply and easy to clean.

Why HotDog Excels

The patient arrives to a warm operating table without restricting access to the patient. If there is surface area available to warm, then a blanket can be placed quickly and easily. The blankets reach set temperature in 2-3 minutes, so there is no wasted time.

HotDog products are designed for easy cleaning. The shell is non-porous, and the edges are RF-sealed to prevent fluid ingress. An antimicrobial solution is embedded in the outer shell to prevent the growth of micro-organisms. More on cleaning: Infection Control Info.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HhotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

B103 Lower Body Blanket

B103-Lower-Body-Warming-Blanket

U102 Underbody Mattress

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

Catheterization Laboratory or Electrophysiology

Challenge 

Radiolucence (clear for x-ray) is required. Small vibrations can have big consequences in the EP lab, making warming systems with moving parts (i.e. forced-air blower fans) unusable.

Why HotDog Excels

The heater in HotDog products is radiolucent, and the warming system does not interfere with magnetic navigation in catheter ablation. The HotDog mattress provides continuous underbody warming.

Click here to learn which parts of the mattress are radiolucent.

Recommended Product Mix

WC52 Multi-Function Controller

WC52-HhotDog-Multi-Function-Controller

U102 Underbody Mattress

U102-Underbody-Mattress-50"

Pre-operative Holding and Post-anesthesia Care Unit

Challenge 

Need inexpensive and effective pre-warming to reduce the effects of redistribution hypothermia. Hot-air systems are expensive and ineffective.

Why HotDog Excels

“It’s a huge patient-satisfier!”

HotDog can provide actual pre-warming because it warms the legs. Warming the legs is the only way to reduce the core-to-peripheral temperature gradient that contributes to redistribution hypothermia under anesthesia.

HotDog can warm for as little as $1 per patient.

Recommended Product Mix

WC02 Single-Port Controller

WC02-HotDog-Controller

B103 or B104 Lower Body or Full Body Blankets