What is the purpose of a temperature management system?

Human-beings need a constant body temperature to carry out all of their bodily functions properly. When conscious, a healthy human body is able to adjust and maintain its body temperature even during changing temperature conditions.

Only in some special situation are hypothermic effects used deliberately, e.g. in emergency and intensive medicine, cardiac surgery, or neurosurgery. Normally however hypothermia is not desirable as it affects the body's physiological enzymatic processes. This can lead to a range of complications such as increased blood loss due to blood coagulation disorders, cardiac complications, post-operative discomfort, an increased chance of wound infection, and as a result a delay in tissue repair. The above complications can in turn retard the patient's recuperation meaning more time is spent in the hospital and thus higher costs.

To minimise the above risks and costs as far as possible, a comprehensive temperature management system is not just a benefit, it is a necessity. The chosen temperature management system has to support the hospital team before and after as well as during surgery.

The MoeckWarmingSystem®

An efficient temperature management system as a constituent part of quality-based patient care

Thanks to its range of product solutions, the MoeckWarmingSystem® is an effective and flexible tool that provides optimal temperature control for adult and juvenile patients. It was developed with the aim to support day-to-day work in medical facilities with an emphasis on quality-based patient care in the best possible way.

The concept

Based on convective air transfer, the MoeckWarmingSystem® comprises a forced air warming device (Twïnwarm) and various types of reusable textile blankets (temperature control from above), textile mats (temperature control from below), and combinations of both (temperature control from above and from below). The temperature-controlled air, generated by the air warming device, is directed to the inside of the textile products via one to two flexible hoses. Owing to the careful selection of material for the textile products, the air is distributed evenly around the patient's body contour providing effective patient temperature control in line with the setting on the air warming device - without leading to air build-up.

The MoeckWarmingSystem® in detail

The structure of fabric blankets and underlays

The red arrows illustrate the air distribution principle of the MoeckWarmingSystem®.

The textile products of the MoeckWarmingSystem® are made up of up to three carefully chosen technical fabrics.  Each of them has a specific function that, when combined, form a perfectly matched system. The green side, which faces the patient, is made of a finely porous filament fabric (about 35 μm pore size), which provides an even large-area air distribution due to the structure of its surface. The material composition of the filament fabric enables good moisture transport properties and a quick drying time. As a result, the skin's surface remains relatively dry and cooling by so-called "evaporation chills" is generally reduced. Built-in carbon fibres also counteract static charge.

The white material is equipped with a coating that serves as a barrier to air and liquid. As a result, the air supply is directed to where it is needed - namely to the patient. Liquid ingress is also inhibited on the side facing away from the patient.

A 3D textile structure is additionally fitted in all the MoeckWarmingSystem® mats. Due to its elastic character, it fits the body's contour perfectly, making temperature control possible in any position and without interruption at the contact points. It also minimises the risk of decubitus by reducing pressure peaks over the whole surface.

All of the textile materials used are high-strength, durable, X-ray transparent, and latex-free. Our textile products are also compatible with other medical forced-air warming devices. Further information is available upon request.

Temperature control from below—a comparison

Conductive heat systems such as heat mats control the patient's temperature at the contact surface. In conductive systems from below, the contact surface is therefore relatively small.

Standard, convective disposable paper warming blankets are pressed together beneath the patient at the contact points and swell up on the sides. This increases the contact surface for temperature transfer in comparison to conductive systems.

The MoeckWarmingSystem® provides an even distribution of the forced-air supply at the contact points due to the built-in 3D textile structure. Thanks to its textile character, the filament fabric fits snugly along the entire contour of the body.


Surface pressure measurements - a comparison

Surface pressure measurement of the pelvis on a conventionnal OP-Table without mat.

Surface pressure measurement of the pelvis on a conventionnal OP-Table using a MoeckWarmingSystem® mat with integrated 3D textile structure.

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