Cooling Units, Patient, Circulating-Fluid
Definition : Cooling units designed to lower a patient's body temperature by circulating liquid through hoses in close contact with the outside of the patient's body. These units consist of a central refrigerator system which pumps cooled liquid through hoses to other hoses contained inside a device in contact with the patient's body (e.g., a pad, mattress, or blanket, or a head wrap or vest worn by a patient); most also feature temperature controls and alarms. Patient temperature is typically monitored with a thermometer. Circulating-fluid patient cooling units are used for cooling patients with fever or to induce hypothermia in the operating room. They may also be used to induce temporary hypothermia, in order to limit tissue damage in patients who have suffered a stroke or other cardiovascular or neurological event.
Entry Terms : "Patient Cooling Units, Circulating Fluid"
UMDC code : 25208