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Company Showcase: Polar Products

OR Personnel Cooling Systems and Cold & Hot Therapy Products

This year, Polar Products is celebrating its 30th year as a family-owned business manufacturing a full line of body cooling systems and cold and hot therapy products.

“Polar Products has grown and prospered due to our commitment to manufacturing innovative, high-quality products and by listening to our customers’ feedback to continually improve our products and service,” says William Graessle, President and CEO.

Their highly successful operating room and surgical cooling systems have recently been redesigned with new innovative features that deliver outstanding cooling benefits in operating rooms.OR Today Magazine | Company Showcase | Polar Products

“We are excited to announce the product launch of Polar’s new CoolOR® System, a circulating water cooling vest unit designed specifically to meet the needs of surgeons and OR staff,” says Jacob Graessle, Vice President and Surgeon and OR Systems Specialist for Polar Products. “We’ve taken our best-selling Cool Flow® vest and updated the system specifications based on years of feedback from hospitals nationwide.”

“Our new CoolOR® system is a great example of Polar’s commitment to providing customers the finest body cooling and therapy systems available,” added Jacob.

Polar Products recently moved into a new 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Polar began manufacturing cold and hot therapy packs and wraps in the early 1980s and expanded to body cooling systems in the late 1990s. Circulating water therapy and cooling systems like the CoolOR® System were developed in the 2000s. Today, Polar Products manufactures every type of cooling technology.

“We are so confident that medical professionals will prefer Polar Products’ cooling systems that we offer hospitals a free 30-day trial on any product we sell,” says Jacob. “If after 30 days the cooling system or product does not meet your needs, return it and pay only the return freight.”

A key feature of the new CoolOR® cooling vest system is that electrical cords have been eliminated! The system is run on an efficient, convenient lithium-ion battery

pack which provides increased portability and more than six hours of power. All of the electrical components are UL Listed. This, along with a wheeled cart and dry quick disconnect couplings, makes the CoolOR® System the most portable and flexible cooling vest system available for operating rooms worldwide.

Multiple styles of cooling vests allow the surgeon to choose his or her preference, which is an example of Polar Products’ focus on meeting the unique needs of each individual customer. Polar Products currently offers three different vests styles for the CoolOR® System; with two new additional styles currently in development, Polar Products offers the most comprehensive line of OR cooling systems on the market.

OR Today Magazine | Company Showcase | Polar Products

Polar Products is a worldwide leader in manufacturing body cooling systems, with over 25 years of experience cooling people in diverse applications, including industrial safety, construction, emergency services, athletics and fitness, the military and people with medical heat-sensitivity.

Polar Products will also manufacture custom systems to meet unique needs, including multiple person cooling from a single system.

In addition to providing cooling systems for OR staff, Polar Products has supplied systems for research studies to a wide variety of institutions such as American universities and hospitals, including Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc. at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital. Polar Products has also supplied international universities and hospitals, including University of Roehampton in London, University of Copenhagen, and Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou in Paris.

Polar Products is committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction and long-term customer loyalty.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to stand by our products unconditionally and to always do what is right,” says President William Graessle.

Polar Products also manufactures Active Ice® therapy systems for patients’ post-surgery pain relief. This easy-to-use circulating water cold therapy system offers comfortable, convenient and portable drug-free pain relief, includes a convenient 30 minute timer and is ideal for after surgery, when serious pain relief is required.

For more information on Polar Products’ complete line of body cooling systems and hot and cold therapy products, visit



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