°MEQU has developed an IV-blood warmer for emergency transfusions. It’s a portable fluid warmer which warms up blood from cold to body temperature within seconds. The °M Warmer System includes a Power Pack and a single use °M Warmer. The two parts are easily connected resulting in less than 30 seconds setup time. Blood and other infusion fluids can be heated from 5°C to 37°C at flowrates up to 150 ml/min. The Power Pack has enough capacity to heat 1.5 litres of cold fluid (4°C) or 3.0 litres of fluid at room temperature (21°C) to body temperature.
When we treat critical patients we want the products to be intuitive and very easy to implement.BENEDICT KJÆRGAARD Chief Physician & Hypothermia Expert
The Power Pack and single use °M Warmer have a compact design and together weigh 760 grams making the °M Warmer System ideal for pre-hospital use. The single-use warmer’s small size (10cm x 5cm x 2cm) allows it to be attached to the patient close to the infusion site, using its integrated adhesive pad. This drastically reduces the risk of pulling out the catheter as well as reducing heat loss in the tubing.
The small and powerful °M Warmer can be used throughout the complete patient journey from the accident site, during transport to a hospital, and also inside the hospital. This means that blood transfusion can seamlessly continue from the point of injury until the patient no longer needs IV fluids by using one single °M Warmer.
Power Pack+ has more than 1/3 increased blood and IV fluid warming capacity than the current Power Pack. This means that 2 liters of cold blood or fluid can be warmed up and infused to a patient on a single charge of the battery.
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The American Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) states that 80 % of trauma deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan had a body core temperature below 34 °C. The consequence of bleeding and a BCT below 34 °C is a 2.4-fold increase of blood loss, compared to having a normal body core temperature of 37 °C.
Prevention of hypothermia and early intervention are very important when it comes to temperature control of the body – waiting until arrival at the hospital could be too late.
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