Philips Electronics has announced the launch of their InnerCool RTx System for endovascular modulation of body temperature. The system gives surgeons and critical care specialists the ability to rapidly alter a patient’s body temperature through the use of a catheter with an integrated temperature sensor, called InnerCool Accutrol. Its closed-loop design circulates warm or cold saline without introducing liquid to the patient, and it provides faster cooling and warming rates than any currently available temperature management system, short of going on bypass.
From the press release:
The RTx cools and warms patients with a unique integrated temperature sensor catheter, which is placed below the heart via the femoral vein. Once in place, the closed-loop system modulates whole body temperature without fluid introduction or exchange by circulating cool or warm saline. This allows for precise temperature control while offering the fastest cooling and warming rates of any temperature management system currently on the market. This approach to therapeutic hypothermia rapidly achieves maximum cooling. It also allows for cooling of awake patients, which helps to avoid the risks inherent with paralytic agents such as masking seizures or inadequate levels of sedation.
Some stats from the product page:
Fastest cooling and warming rates in the industry
Average cooling rates of 4.0-5.0°C/hr Average warming rates of 2.0-3.0°C /hr Gradual warming of 0.1-1.2°C/hr