October 05, 2007
Since December 2000, Dallas-based Estill Medical Technologies, Inc. has been riding a tide of unprecedented growth driven by what Chief Operating Officer Jay Lopez calls “an amazingly simple innovation.”
“When the body sustains a trauma, medical professionals typically induce fluid right away,” he said. “If they’re running fluid at a temperature less than the patient’s core body temperature, they are causing fluid-induced hypothermia, which can be a life-threatening condition.”
Estill developed a unique solution to the problem of fluid-induced hypothermia: a little white boxed called the Thermal Angel.
It’s an automatic fluid-warmer that interrupts the flow of life-preserving IV between the bag and the patient’s arm.
The Thermal Angel is particularly useful with children and infants, who are much more susceptible to fluid-induced hypothermia.