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|

Recent A & A study: “These findings warrant future research into the effects of forced air warming…during contamination-sensitive surgery.”

August 2013  Research in the August edition of Anesthesia & Analgesia, a publication of the International Anesthesia Research Society, and appearing under the name of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation stated: “[F]orced air warming was found to establish convection currents that mobilized resident air from nonsterile areas (under the anesthesia drape) upward and into the surgical site.” The [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 January 28th, 2014|

Video Evidence of the Vortex Caused by the Radiant Waste Heat from FAW Blankets

The video clip below is an excerpt from a nurse education course.  It shows the vortex-effect caused by the radiant waste heat from forced-air patient warming (FAW) blankets, similar to what was recently studied and published by orthopedic surgeons A.J. Legg and A.J.Hamer. The Legg and Hamer study, published in the Bone & Joint Journal in March 2013, [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 April 15th, 2013|

Study: Contamination Increased 2000x With Bair Hugger Warming

Minneapolis, MN: March 14, 2013— The use of Bair Hugger forced-air warmers during surgery creates convection currents that capture particles below the surgical table, lifting them into the sterile surgical field, according to research recently published by orthopedic surgeons. The waste heat radiating through the surgical drape induced the formation of tornado-like vortexes of rapidly spinning [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:52+00:00 March 14th, 2013|

Study Links Forced-air Warming to Infections: 3.8x Increase In Orthopedic Implant Cases

Previously, research studying the effects of forced-air warming on laminar flow operating theaters was limited to contamination…until now. The use of forced-air warming during orthopedic implant surgery was associated with a 3.8 times increase in deep joint infections as compared to warming patients without forced-air, according to a newly published study. The study, published in the [...]

By | 2018-05-17T20:25:53+00:00 November 30th, 2011|