-An air-free warming system.
Why HotDog Excels
HotDog, being air-free, is safer—especially for orthopedics and cardiac—because the sterile field is not disrupted by contaminated waste heat.
Frequently Asked Questions from Risk Managers Answered by Dr. Augustine:
In the past four years, six studies have been published proving the waste heat contamination problem. One study showed 2000x more particles were present in the air above the surgical site when FAW was used compared to air-free conductive fabric warming (Legg & Hamer, 2013). Not a single study has been published refuting airborne contamination from FAW. I think 3M has purposefully not engaged in this research for obvious reasons. I am not counting Sessler’s study because I have been on record calling it research fraud.
One large outcome study showed a 74% reduction in deep joint infections (3.1% Þ 0.81%), after FAW was stopped. The hospital switched to HotDog (McGovern, 2011). In contrast, there are zero outcome studies showing FAW safety in orthopedic implant surgery.