The Thermal Angel is an in-line, battery-powered disposable, lightweight and completely portable blood and IV fluid warming device, capable of intravenous application and irrigation warming.
Because of the innovative technology utilized, the Thermal Angel enjoys some significant advantages over many types of blood warming products.
Many competing fluid warming products require extensive training by a qualified instructor. Issues include proper set up procedures, calibration procedures, choice of proper disposables for each particular application, an understanding of flow rate limitations, and sterilization. Their complex nature requires cumbersome training to use them effectively.
Because the logistics of training users is so difficult, especially in an austere environment, the Thermal Angel was designed to require minimal training. The 5 Steps are printed on the Thermal Angel label, bag, and instruction insert.
Quick Set Up:
Studies have shown that competing fluid warmers take critical minutes to set up. Issues include ensuring sterilization of key components, selection of proper disposables given the infusion situation, configuration and setting of switches and knobs, and power up procedures to start the warming process.
Because the Thermal Angel is elegantly simple, there are no knobs, settings or switches. An experienced user can set up the Thermal Angel in a matter of seconds. The U.S. Army Ranger Medics are trained to set up and use the Thermal Angel in complete darkness in less than one minute in battlefield conditions. The Thermal Angel can meet these stringent military specifications.
Quick Warm Up:
A competing fluid warmer requires 6 to 8 minutes to warm up to proper fluid delivery temperature. Because of this delay, compounded by the long set up time, the bulky AC powered machine often goes unused due to time constraints.
In comparison, the Thermal Angel warms substantially faster.
Due to their size and AC power requirement, many other fluid warming devices are clearly not intended as portable fluid warming solutions.
Uniquely, the Thermal Angel allows for a continuum of care. The Thermal Angel can be used at first contact with the patient, whether at a trauma scene, in transport to a healthcare facility, or inside a hospital, clinic or surgery center.
Temperature Regulation in the Fluid Path:
The Thermal Angel electrical design consists of a microprocessor-based temperature controller circuit located on the heater control board. In turn, the heater control board is mated to the heater flex circuit bonded to the fluid path. With a sensor located in the fluid path near the output luer, the Thermal Angel directly measures the temperature of the fluid delivered to the patient. Many other products indirectly measure the infusate temperature through plastic, water, or warming plates.
Warming Near Infusion Site:
The proprietary sets used with many other fluid warmers require the instrument to be placed anywhere from several feet up to 8 feet from the patient. As a smart disposable, the Thermal Angel distance to the patient is limited only by the length of the standard extension set chosen by the user. Using the 9 inch IV Extension Set sold as an accessory, the Thermal Angel can be placed very close to the infusion site, in contrast to many other fluid warming devices.
The Thermal Angel was designed to be compatible with standard IV or blood administration/extension set. For customer convenience, a 9 Inch IV Extension Set is sold as an accessory to the Thermal Angel. Unlike many other fluid warmers, the Thermal Angel requires neither proprietary tubing sets nor proprietary cassettes.
Patients Can Arrive with Field Use:
Historically, there has never been a competing fluid warmer that is capable of working in field environments such as EMS, Flight Service or Military. Because many competing fluid warmers require AC power and a stationary environment, they are useless in the early echelons of care, and thus incapable of helping to proactively preventing hypothermia in the field before evacuation.
As the U.S. Military has discovered, warming fluids in the most forward echelons of care has profound effects on the health of the patients during transport and recovery. Due to its diminutive size and weight, the Thermal Angel can be used at first contact with the patient, either outside of the hospital, or inside. The Thermal Angel can also travel with the patient between vehicles or departments.
Disposables and Movement of Patients Between Departments:
Many other fluid warming devices have an initial expense for the warming unit and more charges for the disposables. If the patient requires continuous warming and is moved between departments, the hospital must also be willing to move the large AC-powered equipment to another room, leaving the disposables attached to the patient and machinery. This causes logistical issues with equipment that has been removed from its primary location. Instead, if the hospital has the budget to purchase multiple warming stations in various departments, they may then be forced to open another disposable after the move, and accept the time constraints of starting up another piece of warming equipment. In either situation, the hospital must incur substantial costs.
Since the Thermal Angel is a portable, battery-powered single patient device, there are no additional costs due to movement. The Thermal Angel stays with the patient throughout the continuum of care to virtually any department the patient visits, untethered by the requirements of AC power.