Jul 8, 2016

Ask for evidence when determining forced-air patient warming fact from fiction

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Since 1987, the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ patient warming system has maintained a commitment to excellence by focusing on three guiding principles:

  1. Educating clinicians on the benefits of maintaining normothermia and emerging trends/science in the field of temperature management.
  2. Improving our products to continuously reflect customer needs and remain an industry leader in technology advancement.
  3. Supporting key research to advance the science of normothermia maintenance.

These principles are as relevant—if not more so—in today’s healthcare environment, where patient outcomes and clinical value lead the decision-making process. Medical devices are no longer products you sell to doctors or nurses based on “features” alone; they are tools that must contribute to better outcomes while providing an economic benefit worthy of investment.

The patient warming industry is a microcosm of the larger healthcare environment. Competition is growing and new technologies are attempting to gain a foothold in a crowded market. It’s virtually impossible for clinicians to distinguish between fact and fiction as they are bombarded with clever sales tactics and products claiming equal performance at lower cost.

Clinical Evidence is Key

To truly separate clinically supported warming technologies from “me too” imitators, clinicians should demand the clinical evidence supporting a manufacturer’s claims of performance, safety and overall value.

3M’s commitment to the science of temperature management has never been more evident. Recently, the company announced the publication of a robust research compendium highlighting the safety and effectiveness of the Bair Hugger patient warming system. The compilation of over 200 study summaries includes more than 60 randomized controlled trials and covers a wide range of surgeries – including hip, knee, cardiac and abdominal procedures – and reinforces the sheer volume of extensive research supporting the clinical use of the Bair Hugger system.

The compendium features summaries of publications in which the Bair Hugger system was either the subject of (or used during) a clinical research study or investigation. Also included are review articles, case studies and letters to the editor, which introduce relevant information or real-world user experience with the Bair Hugger system.

The compendium was assembled utilizing multiple search engines and five databases, including Medline, Embase, Biosis, Elsevier Biobase and Chemical Abstracts. Many of the included studies measure the performance of the Bair Hugger system against competing technologies, ranging from convection warming to resistive polymer technologies.

To download a digital copy of the Bair Hugger System Research Compendium, Click here.

Download a copy of the 3M Bair Hugger patient warming system research compendium

 

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