Comparison of Blood and IV Fluid Warming Products:
|SMITHS Hotline Fluid Warmer*||Arizant Bair Hugger Ranger Fluid Warmer**||Thermal Angel Blood and IV Warmer TA-200***|
|Temperature Control||Indirect, circulating water||Indirect, warming plates||Direct, thermistors in fluid path, measure temperature of infusate|
|Set Up Time||2-4 minutes||2-4 minutes||Less than a minute|
|Disposable Sets||Requires special tubing||Requires proprietary cassette||No special tubing|
|Portable||No. Requires AC||No. Requires AC||Yes. Battery|
|Weight||13 lb.||8 lbs.||9 oz.|
|Mounting Options||IV pole must be near power outlet||IV pole must be near power outlet||Near the patient|
|Notes||Not the Level 1 Fluid Warmer.||Sometimes called Bear Hugger.||Portable Blood IV Fluid Warmer|
The Thermal Angel is very easy to set up
Hotline Marketing Literature, Chart Title “HOTLINE Fluid and Blood Warmer Infusate Delivery Temperature” [42 degree Celsius HOTLINE Water Bath Temperature – measured at the patient end of the 2.4 m (8 ft.) L-70 disposable tubing set], Level 1, Inc. (Smiths Medical).
Ranger Marketing Literature, Chart Title “Ranger System Performance” [Fluid temperature at end of patient line], Augustine Medical, Inc.****
* Specifications Source: ECRI’s “Healthcare Product Comparison System”, December 2002; Brochures; People often describe this as the SMITHS Medical Level 1 Fluid Warmer H-1200 or SMITHS Medical Level One Fluid Warmer H-1200, but that is a different product from the Hotline.
** Specifications Source: ECRI’s “Healthcare Product Comparison System”, December 2002; Brochures
*** Specifications Source: Estill Medical Technologies, June 29, 2004
**** Sometimes Arizant Bair Hugger is spelled incorrectly as Bear Hugger. Arizant used to be known as Augustine Medical.
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