FDA Removes Forced-air Recommendation Letter

You’ve wanted to stop blowing air anyway. Now is the time to switch to air-free HotDog Patient Warming! In August 2017, the FDA –addressing clinician concern about the safety of forced-air patient warming (FAW)—issued a Letter to Healthcare Providers, assuring them that FAW was safe. That letter has been removed from the FDA site. All [...]

By |2023-05-15T13:53:08-05:00August 30th, 2022|

Company Statement on COVID-19

Like most, we have been closely monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health our employees, customers, and fellow community members is our priority. As a company, we are taking many steps to maintain a clean and safe environment. We have always gone above and beyond the standard health requirements to ensure the safety [...]

By |2023-05-15T13:58:14-05:00March 18th, 2020|

ERAS: forced-air warming not recommended in H&K replacement surgery

The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)-compliant normothermia protocol for hip or knee replacement surgery urges maintenance of normal body temperature, but also includes the following statement: “However, the use of forced air-warming is not recommended as there is evidence that this is associated with an increased risk of infection (McGovern et al. 2011, Koc et al. [...]

By |2023-05-15T13:58:32-05:00January 10th, 2020|

Treating Hypothermia During Liver Transplant Surgery

Dr. Scott Lindberg, Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia at Houston Methodist Hospital, shares his experiences with treating hypothermia in one of the most difficult patient populations for inadvertent hypothermia: the liver transplant patient. Dr. Lindberg has had great success with the HotDog Patient Warming System. There are two video options: 1) a short version with [...]

By |2023-05-15T14:06:23-05:00December 8th, 2018|

3M Attempts to Mislead Federal Judge With Erroneous Study Conclusions

3M Attempts to Mislead Federal Judge With Erroneous Study Conclusions: Previously published data contradict conclusions of the Jeans study Click here for the full analysis (PDF) In a recent study pre-published online by Jeans et al, the authors conclude that screening for methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and treating those that test positive before surgery [...]

By |2023-05-15T14:06:32-05:00September 4th, 2018|

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 |2023-05-15T13:53:28-05:00December 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 |2023-05-15T13:53:31-05:00June 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 |2023-05-15T13:53:36-05:00March 4th, 2014|

Nursing Journal: Forced-Air Warmers May Allow Pathogens to Contact Surgical Wounds

AORN Journal, noting concerns about infection risk from forced-air warmers, called for multi-center, randomized, controlled trials. Evidence of bacteria in the air-flow paths of forced-air warmers; authors ask manufacturers to consider redesign. In a continuing-education review article in the October issue of AORN Journal,published by the Association of Operating Room Nurses, the authors examined 192 sources.  Their [...]

By |2023-05-15T13:53:39-05:00February 7th, 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 |2023-05-15T13:53:44-05:00January 28th, 2014|
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