Keeping patients the right temperature during surgery is crucial to the success of the procedure and the health of the patient. Patients who are anesthetized can’t regulate their body temperature, which can result in hypothermia. And low body temperature during surgery is linked to higher mortality rates and increased wound infection.
Arizant Healthcare, Inc., a medical development company based in Eden Prairie, released the Bair Hugger underbody blanket, which provides forced-air warming during surgery without hampering access to the patient. The blanket is attached to a temperature-management unit via a hose. The blanket is particularly useful for cardiothoracic and cosmetic surgeries.
The blanket is laid on the operating table under the patient. It has outlets to minimize fluid pooling and built-in adhesive flaps for securing the blanket to the table, and is made of a soft material. It’s perforated so the portion under the patient’s head can be removed.