Advanced Cooling Therapy’s products provide an innovative method for cooling or warming patients. A single use, fully-enclosed triple lumen system is inserted into the esophagus to modulate and control patient temperature when clinically indicated. Power for cooling or warming is supplied by an external heat exchange unit typically used for water blankets.
The ECD is a revolutionary new medical device to control and modulate patient temperature. The ECD incorporates a fully-enclosed coolant flow system, where two outer lumens are attached to commercially available heat exchange units typically used for water blankets, and an independent central lumen connects to wall suction that replaces the standard nasogastric or orogastric tube.
The clinician simply connects the ECD to the existing water blanket connector hose from the heat exchange unit. After turning the heat exchange unit on, the water begins flowing from the unit to the ECD. Then after applying water soluble lubricant to the distal tip, the clinician easily inserts the device into the patient’s esophagus in the same manner as an orogastric tube. Cooling or warming begins immediately, controlled by the settings chosen on the external heat exchange unit.
This device works amazingly well, and stays out of the way of routine patient care, unlike surface blankets that get moist and dirty, and prevent me from getting to the patient. If I ever need to be treated with temperture management, please make sure it's with one of these!
During the maintenance phase temperature was kept stable without excessive fluctuations. This is comparable to intravascular devices and superior to most studies of surface devices.
We’re very pleased with the ECD. Our nurses can place it quickly and easily, it stays out of the way of patient care, and very efficiently and accurately maintains set point temperatures.