While traditional external temperature management methods like cooling and warming blankets, gel pads and ice packs remain common in surgical suites, OR nurses and surgeons are recognizing their limitations. Zoll’s Intravascular Temperature Management (IVTM) method has been recognized as a safe and effective method for controlling core body temperature that overcomes these limitations and is superior to other cooling methods for achieving and maintaining target temperature.
Zoll’s proprietary IVTM technology gets to the core of the temperature issue by managing patient temperature from the inside out. A Zoll catheter is inserted into the central venous system of a surgical patient (via femoral, subclavian or internal jugular insertion). The Zoll Thermogard XP thermal regulation system controls the temperature of the saline circulating through the catheter balloons via remote sensing of the patient’s temperature. The patient is cooled or warmed as venous blood passes over each balloon, exchanging heat without infusing saline into the patient.