Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal is reporting that Scott Christensen, a new chief executive and president of Fremont, CA based Dynatherm Medical Inc. is “making the rounds on Sand Hill Road to pitch the idea of a high tech mitt that warms hypothermic patients through a combination of heat and air.” The company says that its FDA-approved technology noninvasively warms blood instead of warming superficial skin and fat. From the Business Journal article:
Based on a patent developed at Stanford University, VitalHeat is deceptively simple and extremely effective, he says. A patient’s hand, placed in a sealed mitt, is subjected to heat and vacuum pressure. This rapidly channels blood to a patient’s vital organs, or core, spiking the body temperature by several degrees within minutes.
We are totally for the new technologies in temperature management. Hair blowers, like BairHugger, are so old, ugly, noisy, and so repulsive and inefficient, that we need something new for ERs, ICUs and ORs real soon.
More at Dynatherm Medical (don’t forget to check about the physiologic foundations of the technology)…