Whatever your role within the patient care setting, everyone has a responsibility to deliver the best possible care to the patient, whether it’s the anaesthetist monitoring vital signs, the surgeon performing life changing surgery, the nurse keeping the patient comfortable or even the procurement manager ensuring the hospital is equipped with the right products.
We want to help you make informed decisions about the solutions you choose to protect your patients from inadvertent perioperative hypothermia. Here you will find key information, facts, guidelines and resources all in one place.
The efficacy of a forced-air warming system is mainly determined by the design of the blanket. A good forced-air warming blanket can easily be detected by measuring the temperature difference between the highest blanket temperature and the lowest blanket temperature. This temperature difference should be as low as possible.1
Bair Hugger blankets achieve even heat distribution through their interconnecting air channel design and consistent perforations throughout the blanket. Bair Hugger blankets demonstrate superior heat transfer performance when compared with other forced-air warming systems.2,3,12
There are over 170 clinical studies using the Bair Hugger convective forced air warming system. No other warming system can provide the same body of evidence. Bair Hugger was the world’s first forced-air warming system, and today it remains the benchmark that all other systems are measured against.
When choosing a forced air warming system, ensure that it is substantiated with relevant clinical evidence that is true for that manufacturer.
The Bair Hugger system has safely warmed over 300 million patients and counting!
Many professional bodies, clinical experts and government agencies, including the FDA, agree that no studies have shown an association between the use of a FAW system and increase in SSI.4-9
You may also wonder why the Bair Hugger is not fitted with a HEPA filter. There is no evidence that HEPA filtration is safer, however it does impose measurable airflow limitations resulting in low performance.10,11
Download our technical whitepaper for all the facts on warming unit filtration!
Not only can we provide a safe, effective warming system to help maintain normothermia in your surgical patients, but we also have a zero heat flux temperature monitoring system that can continuously measure the patient’s core temperature all the way through the perioperative process, even in patients under regional anaesthesia. The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System has been clinically proven to agree with pulmonary artery and other gold standard invasive core temperature monitoring systems.13-16
Our clinical guideline summary will help you to identify the recommendations published by experts and professional bodies in Europe to support clinicians in the prevention inadvertent perioperative hypothermia.
To learn more about how to ensure compliance to guidelines using an optimal warming protocol for maintaining normothermia in surgical patients, download our easy to understand infographic guide.
Maintaining body temperature and keeping patients warm during surgery is vital.