Thursday, January 19, 2012

News: Veterinary college reports of Inditherm's success


A veterinary medicine college in Norway has proved the versatility and effectiveness of the Inditherm warming system for large animal surgery.

Rotherham-based Inditherm has developed products using low voltage carbon polymer technology to provide heat. The AIM-listed firm has focused on the medical sector where their patient warming system ensures that every surgical patient can be warmed at the same running cost as a light-bulb.

Last year, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), issued guidance that supports the use of Inditherm patient warming systems for patients undergoing operations which carry risk of inadvertent hypothermia.

Keeping horses warm during anaesthesia is difficult and the consequences of hypothermia are slower recovery and increased mortality rates. The Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine purchased the Inditherm warming system for use during equine surgical procedures, having been unable to find any other effective warming system for horses.

Henning Mörch, the main anaesthesia nurse at the college, reported after his initial use of the Inditherm system that this was the first time in his 20 years of sedating horses he had managed to maintain their temperature. He went on to say how much better the quality of the recovery has been, and how much sooner the patients are able to stand up after surgery.

The college has, to date, treated over 1,000 horses on the mattresses and have had no problems keeping them warm since they introduced the Inditherm system. They recently reported that the products still function optimally, which illustrates that the Inditherm system is a truly robust and reliable system, even in such a demanding application.

Mr Mörch reported that since using the Inditherm system, the college had seen a noticeable reduction in mortality during anaesthesia in their equine patients, proving the efficacy of preventing intraoperative hypothermia. He went on to say that the college now consider that it would be irresponsible to anaesthetise their patients without the Inditherm mattress.

Nick Bettles CEO at Inditherm, based in Manvers, said: "We have known from our experience in the military field applications that our patient warming systems can meet the toughest demands, but this type of veterinary use is further testament to the versatility and durability of Inditherm's products.

"Our PetTherm range is also the system of choice in one of the UK's newest and most prestigious small animal referral centres, so we hope we can start to grow our reputation in the veterinary markets."

Inditherm website

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