3M has reached an agreement with VitaHEAT Medical® to be the exclusive United States distributor of the VitaHEAT® UB3 patient warming system.
The UB3 system is an under-body patient warming mattress that uses conductive ink technology, featuring both battery and AC accessory options. The ability to easily warm mobile patients complements the capabilities of 3M’s industry-leading warming solution—the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ normothermia system.
“This agreement reflects our commitment to helping safeguard patients and improve surgical outcomes by maintaining normothermia,” said Jay Issa, global business leader, 3M Patient Warming. “The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ normothermia system remains at the heart of our effort to warm every surgical patient. The VitaHeat® UB3 unit will complement our offering with mobility – while patients are being moved to and from the OR, for example – to help avoid hypothermia by providing continuous patient warming.”
“We are pleased that 3M, the industry leader in patient warming, has chosen to offer our VitaHEAT® UB3 as part of a broad portfolio of solutions. Like 3M, we are dedicated to providing innovative patient warming solutions to reduce health care costs and improve patient outcomes – and this agreement will help make our patient warming solution available to more hospitals and health professionals across America,” said Peter Farmakis, CEO, VitaHEAT Medical®.
VitaHEAT Medical® launched its UB3 patient warming system in January of this year following four years of product development. The system was designed under the FDA’s 21 CFR part 820 quality management system. It includes eight interactive temperature sensors to actively monitor temperature and six independent heating zones to provide consistent warming throughout the patient surface.
“3M has evaluated a number of warming technologies. The design and safety features of the VitaHEAT® UB3 unit really made it stand out compared to other conductive products currently
on the market,” Issa said. “Our partnerships are based on science, improved patient outcomes, and solutions that deliver value for our customers. We believe 3M’s partnership with VitaHEAT Medical® meets these criteria, and we’re excited to offer one more tool to help health care providers maintain normothermia.”
The Bair Hugger normothermia system includes best-in-class forced-air warming systems utilizing either single-use blankets or gowns. More than 200 million patients have been warmed using 3M’s forced-air technology and it has been demonstrated safe and effective through the largest body of clinical evidence in the industry. Well accepted as the industry gold standard, Bair Hugger warming products are used in more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
3M will display the VitaHEAT® UB3 patient warming system in its exhibit (Booth #2423), as well as the VitaHEAT Medical® booth (#4337), at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 Annual Meeting. The event runs Oct. 22-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. VitaHEAT Medical®, LLC is a privately held company based in Rolling Meadows, IL.