Q. What is the purpose of Thermoflect?
A. Thermoflect is a unique patient warming material used to prevent hypothermia, thereby improving a patient's clinical outcome and reducing costs.
Q. How does Thermoflect reduce healthcare costs?
A. Managing hypothermia helps reduce the length of hospital stays. By reducing surgical site infections (SSIs), it reduces the need for additional medications.
Q. Why prevent hypothermia?
A. Evidence based practices confirm SSI rates are more than triple in hypothermic patients. The key to reducing this and associated risks is prevention.
Q. What is hypothermia?
A. Hypothermia is a core body temperature of less than 36°C (96.8°F). The three levels of hypothermia: Mild: 32°C - 36°C (89°F - 96.8°F), Moderate: 30°C - 32°C (86°F - 89°F), Severe: < 30°C (
Q. How is Thermoflect used most effectively?
A. For optimum results, Thermoflect should be used according to these three principles.
Cover the patient early
Cover the maximum body surface area
Maintain the maximum coverage through all phases of the perioperative experience (Pre-Op, OR, and PACU)
Q. Is pre-warming important?
A. It can make a big difference. Pre-warming the patient for at least 15 minutes before the induction of anesthesia should be considered for patients at risk of unplanned hypothermia. Warming the patient's skin and peripheral tissues prevents redistribution hypothermia.
Q. Can Thermoflect be used in conjunction with other warming methods?
A. Yes. Thermoflect can be supplemented with either warmed cotton blankets or forced air re-warming.
Q. Can Thermoflect be sterilized?
A. Yes. Thermoflect can be sterilized with ethylene oxide. However, the need for sterilization is not common because a sterile drape is typically placed over Thermoflect.