HOW DOES THERMOFLECT WORK?

Thermoflect addresses the primary mechanisms of heat loss by
  • Reflecting the body's radiant heat
  • Preventing convective heat loss
Convection and Radiation account for 90% of all patient heat loss in the operating room.1

RADIATION is direct loss of heat energy via the invisible infrared wavelength range. In the human body, it is the largest source of heat loss, accounting for about 65% of the total loss.

CONVECTION is heat loss due to circulation of the surrounding air currents and explains the so-called "wind-chill factor." Convection accounts for 25% of body heat loss. The high air exchange rate in most operating rooms increases the loss of heat through convection.

Using Thermoflect is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Optimum hypothermia prevention must begin while the patient is warm before entry into the OR Suite (Bank the Heat to Beat the Chill).
  1. Cover the patient as early as possible.
  2. Cover the patient's maximum body surface area–tucking the material around the patient to help seal in the heat.
  3. Maintain maximum coverage throughout all perioperative phases–PREOP, INTRAOP and PACU.
1. Gyn Physiology, Leigh Simpson, MD. University of Tennessee, Resident Didactic Series. November 11, 2004, http://www.utmem.edu/ obgyn/res_pres/Gyn%20Physiology.ppt.