NORTHVILLE, Mich., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentherm (NASDAQ-GS:THRM), the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, announced today it has acquired Etratech Enterprises, Inc. for approximately US$64 million in an all cash transaction. Etratech, based in Burlington, Canada, specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced electronic controls and control systems for the Automotive, RV and Marine, Security, Medical and other industries. Etratech's capabilities help OEM customers rapidly innovate and bring new technologies to market.
Data was accumulated during a nine-year study of elective surgical cases. For those of us who work in or manage operating rooms, the results were stunning:
Every preventive maintenance program is tailored to protect patients, keep equipment in good working order to maintain reliable operation, reduce the risk of injury to end users and avoid costly, unscheduled repairs. A factor which is critical to healthcare facilities is the cost of maintenance vs. the cost of downtime.
Topics: Preventive Maintenance
It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about boiler rooms or surgical theaters, hypotheses regarding the causes of equipment downtime are not industry-specific. Debates about preventive maintenance (PM) are equally generic:
Topics: Preventive Maintenance
CSZ, A Gentherm Company, has recently initiated a podcast series entitled, Sub-Zero, A Patient Temperature Podcast. It is designed to address current issues impacting patient temperature control activities and to help enlighten healthcare professionals, and the healthcare facilities they work in, regarding topics associated with providing therapeutic patient temperature control.
Topics: NTM Infections
During OR procedures, it can be common for the patient's body temperature to fall. Reasons can include the effects of anesthetics, the use of cool IV fluids, low OR temperatures and patient exposure while lying on a cool operating table. This can be significant for a patient’s health as the consequences of unintended hypothermia can include medical complications, longer recovery times and higher mortality.
Cincinnati Sub-Zero, manufacturer of the Hemotherm® CE, conducted a virtual survey of perfusionists by inviting them to respond to an online survey regarding their experiences with heater-cooler units.
Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices
As indicated in this recently published FDA Executive Summary, NTM (nontuberculous mycobacteria) has been detected in patients who were treated using a heater-cooler device for cardio-pulmonary by-pass. Even though the FDA found that the incidents were primarily related to units supplied by one particular manufacturer, the possibility exists that mycobacterium chimaera could be present in other units.
It was 2015 when the airborne transmission of NTM - nontuberculous mycobacterium from heater/cooler units used in open-heart chest surgery were cited as the cause of postoperative infection. The FDA issued its safety warning October 15, 2015 “…to heighten awareness about infections associated with heater-cooler devices and steps health care providers and health facilities can take to mitigate risks to patients.”
Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest is necessary for several OR procedures; Hilary Grocott, MD, FRCPC, FASE says the use of low temperatures protects and preserves organ function, but “…the actual target temperature… and the strategies used to obtain that temperature and rewarm from it have undergone considerable revision in recent years.” Overall, there has been a lack of cohesive evidence-based guidelines for temperature management during adult cardiopulmonary bypass, until now.
Topics: Patient Temperature Management