ArthroCare of Austin, Texas has released its complete line of Ambient ArthroWands that provide orthopedic surgeons with real time temperature data of circulating fluid when working with an arthroscope. The wands are driven using the company’s Quantum 2 Controller System.
Last October, Peter Millett, MD, of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, published research in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on temperature levels during arthroscopic procedures. Millett said, “…our research found that operative fluid temperatures during arthroscopic surgery depend on a number of variables, including flow rates. For me, the Ambient wand has become an integral tool for arthroscopic procedures, because it allows me to constantly verify that I’m operating within a desired thermal range. In today’s healthcare environment, Ambient wands provide me with additional information and an added level of comfort.”
The Ambient wands’ adjustable alarm set point allows the surgeon to set the alarm at the temperature he or she feels is appropriate. A visual and audible alarm feature provides direct feedback to the surgeon if the temperature reading reaches the user-selected alarm set point. The alarm feature acts as a reminder, encouraging the surgeon to check if adjustments should be made to flow or suction throughout the duration of the procedure. The Quantum 2 System Controller continually displays the real-time, operative environment temperature of the circulating fluid as measured by the Ambient wands.