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TTM Guidance for Critical Care: Part 2 of 2

By CSZ Medical On May 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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TTM After Stroke, Intra-Cerebral Hemorrhage, and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

The panel found very little evidence to support the use of TTM in the hypothermic range in these clinical settings. Their recommendations for this group were all in the expert opinion category.

Because fever is a common complication in these situations and associated with poorer outcomes, the panel recommended using TTM for normothermia in severe ischemic stroke.

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Topics: Hyper-Hypothermia, therapeutic hypothermia

NTM Infection: A Perfusionist’s Point of View

By CSZ Medical On Aug 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: NTM Infections

Clinical Benefits of Establishing Normothermia For Your OR Patient

By CSZ Medical On Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Normothermia

CSZ Heater-Cooler Survey Results Summary

By CSZ Medical On May 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices

How Your Heater-Cooler Device May Be Ejecting NTM into the OR

By CSZ Medical On Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: NTM

NTM Infections and Heater-Cooler Devices in the OR

By CSZ Medical On Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.”

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Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices, NTM Infections

Overview of Patient Temperature Management During CP Bypass Surgery

By CSZ Medical On Feb 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Patient Temperature Management

Can Prewarming of Surgical Patients Reduce Complications and Help Improve Patient Satisfaction?

By CSZ Medical On Nov 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Do the complications associated with perioperative hypothermia give you the chills? Turn up the heat on complications by prewarming your patients in pre-op.

As noted in The Ochsner Journal, Anesthesia alters thermoregulatory mechanism in a way that causes patient body temperatures to dip during surgery. Anesthesia also prevents patients from moving to a warmer environment. Decreased metabolism and the cold environment may also cause the patient to become hypothermic.

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Topics: Patient Warming

Is Your Heater-Cooler Releasing NTM into the OR?

By CSZ Medical On Oct 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections have been a cause of increasing concern over the past couple of years for patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.

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Topics: NTM

Importance of Temperature Management in the ICU

By CSZ Medical On Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When a critically ill patient's body temperature deviates from the normal range, the clinical implications can be significant.  Fortunately, with the help of innovative equipment, healthcare professionals can manage and even manipulate the body temperatures of ICU patients with ease.

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Topics: body 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.