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The new, patented Encompass Group Nova Next-Generation Patient Warming system.

The new, patented Encompass Group Nova Next-Generation Patient Warming system.

Encompass Group LLC has received notice of issuance of a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its new Nova patient warming system. U.S. Patent Application No. 10805988B2 Metalized Fabric Heating Blanket and Method of Manufacturing Such.

“The Nova patent recognizes the years of research and development that have led us to this next-generation patient warming technology,” says Eric Howard, vice president and general manager TECHStyles, Encompass Group. “Thirty years ago, Encompass revolutionized patient warming with the original Thermoflect heat-reflective technology. This patent proves we’re doing it again.”

Nova combines a unique Thermoflect metalized fabric exterior layer with a proprietary carbon heating layer–managed by an external control panel–to warm patients without air movement. It works by banking a patient’s heat before surgery and maintaining normothermia throughout the surgical process. This helps reduce the infection risks associated with forced air warming systems. And, with no moving parts, Nova is silent, eliminating a potential distraction in the OR. Nova was designed with both caregivers and patients in mind: It’s simple to apply and stays in place. The controller unit is easy to operate. And Nova doesn’t generate excess heat, so patients stay warm while clinicians remain cool.

“The many benefits of maintaining patients’ normothermia are well known. It helps improve patient outcomes, mitigate surgical site infections, limit hospital stays, enhance patient comfort, and reduce the cost of healthcare,” says Eric Howard. “And now, with Nova, clinicians have a better way to help patients do better.”

Upper and lower Nova body products are available. More information: https://www.encompassgroup.com/patient-warming/nova-next-generation-patient-warming-system-0

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