As animal surgical procedures become longer and more complex, the need to keep patients from becoming hypothermic is greater than ever. The veterinary industry is starting to better understand the medical value that fluid warming and whole body temperature management can offer to the surgical and critical patient, says Judith Rossi, vice president of global communications for Smiths Medical of Norwell, Mass. “Patient warming is now recognized as one of the most valuable enhancements used to help improve outcomes in patient care. The number of veterinary patient warming systems available is greater than ever.
The word ‘peri-operative’ refers to the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative period in which the animal is undergoing a procedure. The pre-operative stage is where the animal is admitted, examined and prepared for surgery; the intra-operative stage is where the surgery is carried out and the post-operative stage is where the animal is recovering from surgery. There are many factors during this period which can predispose the animal to hypothermia Failure to avoid the causes of hypothermia in the pre-operative stage will exacerbate susceptibility to hypothermia in the intra-operative stage and in turn will worsen susceptibility in the post-operative stage (personal exerience).
Peri-operative hypothermia is an important condition for veterinary professionals to understand and avoid. There are numerous measures that can be taken to avoid peri-operative hypothermia. The use of forced air warming (FAW) is a common and effective method used in veterinary practice.This report focuses on the indications, efficacy and risks of FAW in the prevention of hypothermia, by examining studies that have been carried out within the medical and veterinary fields.
It shows that FAW warming is effective in preventing hypothermia, and that it is beneficial to combine FAW with other methods of insulation. While there is an associated risk these are rarely reported and easily avoided.
Benefits of Veterinary Warming Devices
The Hot Dog controller powers the blankets and monitors the temperature with sensors built into the blankets. That means if a patient is drawing a lot of heat from the blanket, the controller responds by providing more heat to maintain the set blanket temperature. This results in better patient temperatures. For added safety, the controller will audibly alarm and shut off power to the blanket if the blanket ever gets too warm,” Bayard says. “Even with the extra-large blanket size, there is even heat transfer from one end to the other.
Conductive fabric warming is environmentally responsible too, he says, with considerably less electrical consumption than other warming methods and less disposable waste since the blankets are much more durable and don’t require frequent replacement.
Features of Veterinary Warming Devices
Hypothermia is a constant risk for the small animal veterinary patient and can seriously affect clinical outcomes and patient welfare. Grand Patient Warming and Cooling System circulates water through a flexible vinyl pad at 50 litres/hour. This allows the user to have excellent control of temperature and eliminates the risks of skin burns. Robust construction allows the pads to be used in all areas of the clinic.
- Pad dimensions are 38cm*38cm,40cm*60cm,70cm x 100cm
Temperature is constantly monitored and displayed via an LCD display
Temperature setting ranges from 8 C to 48C
Easy to use
Alarms: low water, open sensor, high temperature
Prices of Veterinary Warming Devices
$150.00 – $200.00/ Set