Journal of Hospital Infection: Forced-Air Warming An Infection-Control “Hazard” in Implant Surgery

StopSurgicalInfections.org recently submitted a press release regarding a review article published by Journal of Hospital Infection.  The press release is as follows: Surgical-infection experts have unambiguously concluded that forced-air warming “...does contaminate ultra-clean air ventilation….” in the operating room. Their advice: Use air-free warming during implant surgery. PRLog - Nov. 12, 2014 - MINNEAPOLIS -- “Infection Control Hazards Associated with the Use [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:51+00:00 December 1st, 2014|

Patient Advocate Warns Against Forced-Air Warming

A well-known patient advocate now urges surgical patients to avoid forced-air warming—even to change hospitals if necessary. The advocate, Rosie Bartel, speaks from experience. Infected with MRSA during a knee-replacement procedure at a hospital using forced-air warming, Bartel has undergone 27 subsequent operations— including amputation of her leg to the hip. The MRSA remains active. [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 June 22nd, 2014|

Infection Risk from Forced-air Warming Considered; Study on Bacterial Contamination Recommended

International Orthopedic Consensus “We recognize the theoretical risk posed by forced air warming blankets,” concluded the Consensus Statement recently released by the International Consensus on Periprosthetic Joint Infection. While not urging a change in practice, the Consensus Statement recommended that further studies be undertaken regarding the safety of forced-air warming (“FAW”) in orthopedic implant surgery. Delegates [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 March 4th, 2014|

New ECRI Guidance Expresses “Concern” About Forced-Air Warming in Implant Surgery

In the latest issue of Health Devices, ECRI Institute analyzed the safety of forced-air patient warming, concluding that thermal currents are “particularly worrisome” in implant surgery. Dr. Scott Augustine, inventor of both Bair Hugger and (air-free) HotDog patient warming and CEO of Augustine Temperature Management, comments. Minneapolis, MN (PRWeb), April 17, 2013 -  After reviewing multiple [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 April 17th, 2013|

Evidence of the risks of forced-air warming just keeps growing.

A study published online ahead of print in Anesthesia & Analgesia concludes that forced-air patient warming produces waste heat that disrupts operating room ventilation airflows over the surgical site, transporting non-sterile air to the area and hindering the ventilation system’s ability to clear potential airborne contaminants. “There are some in our industry that would like [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 July 27th, 2012|

Evidence Growing Against Safety of Forced-air Patient Warming

Yet another peer-reviewed study—the third in the past five months—has been published showing that forced-air patient warming generates convection current activity in the vicinity of the surgical site, which could lead to contamination of the sterile field. The study, published by Dr. Kiran Dasari in the March issue of Anaesthesia, is more evidence that a significant [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 April 4th, 2012|

Another Study Shows the Risks of Using Forced-air Patient Warming

Researchers in the UK published a study in the February, 2012, issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-Brexamining the effects of forced-air warming on operating room airflow and surgical site sterility. Summary: “Forced-air warming resulted in a significant mean increase in the temperature (1.1°C vs 0.4°C, p<0.0001) and number of particles (1038.2 vs 224.8, [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:28:10+00:00 March 8th, 2012|

FAW’s Impact on SSIs

“How can forced-air warming be unsafe when research shows that it reduces infections?” This is a common question, and the best explanation was given by Yale scientist Dr. Marc Abreu in the October 2010 Anesthesiology News Review. In the article, titled New Concepts in Perioperative Temperature Management: Monitoring and Management, Dr. Abreu wrote that, “…any potential airborne contamination caused [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:28:59+00:00 October 28th, 2011|