The °M Warmer System was developed in collaboration with the military and special forces. The small volume, robust design and low weight make the °M Warmer ideal for use in extreme military situations
The °M Warmer System is approved for use in helicopters and airplanes. The lightweight and portable design make the °M Warmer ideal for emergency transfusions in the air
Paramedics must act fast and speed is crucial in trauma situations. The °M Warmer System’s fast and foolproof set-up allows for vital treatment to start before arrival at the hospital.
The °M Warmer System is designed to be ideal to use under stressful situations in hospitals. It is small and portable and therefore fast to use when the patient arrives at the hospital or continue the blood transfusion started during transit.
Warm blood saves lives
Hypothermia is a condition where the body’s own heat production can’t match the heat loss to the environment resulting in a lowered body core temperature. Trauma patients do not die from hypothermia itself – they die of bleeding. Bleeding makes the body lose important red blood cells used to carry oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. Trauma patients with substantial bleeding are at risk of entering the deadly trauma triad of hypothermia, acidosis, and coagulopathy. This combination means that when the body core temperature drops, the acidity in the blood increases and the blood loses its ability to coagulate. Without coagulation, it is much more difficult to stop the bleeding and save the life of the patient.
Studies show that patients with admission temperatures less than 35 degrees C has significantly greater mortality. This is a significant risk as studies also show that hypothermia is the most common cause of clotting disorder and that approximately 57 % of trauma victims requiring immediate surgery become hypothermic in the period between injury and completion of the surgery.
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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