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Preventive Maintenance versus Repairs of Temperature Management Systems

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Apr 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Temperature management systems control patient temperatures within a narrow range. The most common application of these systems is to maintain normothermia while patients are in the OR to minimize perioperative adverse outcomes. Other applications include deliberate hypothermia used during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and localized heating and cooling therapy.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance

Indications and Contraindications for Therapeutic Hypothermia in Neonates

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Mar 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In continuing our podcast interview with Jennifer Norgaard, a NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist at a level IV NICU in California, she explained that while hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) may not be preventable, therapeutic hypothermia (TH), or targeted temperature management (TTM), is a promising treatment for neonates. She indicated that It provides a way to reduce brain cell damage, by cooling eligible infants within 6 hours of birth to a body temperature of 34º C +/- 0.5º for 72 hours before slowly rewarming them to normal temperature.(3)

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Topics: therapeutic hypothermia, NICU

Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Mar 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As a nurse in the NICU, you know the devastation parents of newborns feel when they discover their much anticipated newborn baby has suffered oxygen deprivation during the birthing process and is critically ill. A decrease in the oxygen supply to the baby’s brain just prior to or during delivery may cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) which is a leading cause of death or permanent brain damage in newborns.(1)

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Topics: therapeutic hypothermia, NICU

Equipment Downtime in the NICU, What is the Cost?

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Mar 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As healthcare costs and insurance coverages continue to be volatile, not-for-profit and government, as well as for-profit hospitals, continue to seek ways to lower expenses without compromising patient care. Equipment maintenance and downtime can be targeted by managers and supervisors in every department as areas that can be more cost-effective.

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Topics: Preventive Maintenance

CSZ and the American Heart Association Join Forces for Heart Health

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Feb 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Channel 9 WCPO in Cincinnati recently reported that about 2,100 babies at 8 hospitals in Cincinnati are wearing little red hats in February as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program.

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Topics: American Heart Association

Special Delivery: How Little Hats Promote Heart Health in New Moms

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Feb 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you’ve been by the nursery or NICU this month, you may have noticed the babies decked out in tiny red hats. February is National Heart Month, and the American Heart Association is using the hats to raise awareness of heart health in women and children in an innovative way.

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Topics: American Heart Association

A Summary of Therapeutic Hypothermia Trials in Neonatal Care

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Feb 20, 2018 3:00:00 PM

In the final section of our podcast, "Making a Difference: Targeted Temperature Management in Neonatal Care", Jennifer Norgaard RN, a NICU clinical nurse specialist at a level IV NICU in California, walked us through the process of treating hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) with therapeutic hypothermia. She has expressed that HIE has had limited treatment options and that therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has so far shown the greatest success in minimizing brain damage.

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Topics: therapeutic hypothermia, NICU

What Regulatory Agencies Have to Say About NTM in Your Heater-Cooler Device

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Feb 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections

A common concern during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery is the possibility of NTM contamination of the water in the heater-cooler unit used to control the temperature of the patient and the blood going through the membrane oxygenator. As indicated in this FDA Safety Communication, Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) is widespread in nature, including tap water, and is not typically dangerous.

However, complications have been found when present in cardiac procedures with immunocompromised patients or seriously ill patients. This CDC Alert notes that specific heater-cooler devices have been associated with these infections.

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Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices, NTM Infections

Selecting the Appropriate Blanket for Patient Temperature Management

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Jan 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Patient temperature regulation in the operating room is a key area where targeted temperature management technology is appropriate. Understanding the features of various heating and cooling blanket options and how to select the right one is critical for proper utilization.

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Topics: Patient Temperature Management

HIE in Neonates: What causes it and what can you do about it?

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

We recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Jennifer Norgaard, MSN, RN, NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist at a Level IV NICU in California. She was addressing the issue of patient temperature management in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and provided insight into the causes and standard of care for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in neonates.

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Topics: Patient Temperature Management

*This article is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical judgment of a physician in evaluating patients. For more information, please review the information sources referenced in this article. For more information on CSZ, please visit our website or call us at 1-800-989-7373.