An Observational Study to Evaluate Infection Risk in Two Staff Warming Devices and a Review of Current Literature into Thermal Comfort in the Operating Room and Beyond


To compare the degree of bacteria dissemination using two currently available operating room (OR) personnel warming devices. The “off-label” use of 3MTM’s Bair HuggerTM vs. a fairly new device, worn around the torso and under a scrub warm-up jacket or surgical gown, the OPERATIONHEATJAC® transformer only (TRO) powered by a transformer and controlled by a 4-level controller, and best for anesthesia providers and perfusionists.

Infection Risk in Two Staff Warming Devices: Research Study

The temperature in operating rooms (OR) is kept low for the comfort of the surgeon and those scrubbed in as they work under exacting conditions, dressed in impervious surgical gowns. This can create an uncomfortable environment for cold-sensitive staff who may turn to warming devices for relief. To ensure staff are not introducing risk to patients through practices like these, this study evaluated bacteria growth from two staff warming devices: the off-label use of the 3MTM Bair HuggerTM and the OPERATIONHEAJAC® TRO. Bacteria colonies were analyzed by settle plate method in a mock OR. Analysis showed that the off-label use of the Bair Hugger significantly increased the average colony forming unit (cfu) rate in the air vs control. With the OPERATIONHEATJAC TRO, there was an insignificant average cfu rate in the air vs control. The existing literature was then analyzed to discover the potential importance and the current medical opinion on this matter.
Key Words
Warming Devices; OPERATIONHEATJAC®; SSIs; Operating Room; Temperature

Hospitals & Surgery Centers cost sharing initiatives for OPERATIONHEATJAC

A SOLUTION FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN A COLD OPERATING ROOM Developed by an anesthesiologist to conform with AORN requirements.  Hospitals & Surgery Centers need to seriously consider buying or sharing the cost of the OPERATIONHEATJAC for their doctors and nurses who work for them. Personnel are appreciative to be more comfortable. Performance is improved….