THE award-winning Rotherham firm behind a revolutionary heated mattress has got a boost from the body that sets clinical guidelines for hospitals and medical services.
Mexborough-based Inditherm is the company behind an innovative carbon polymer that warms up when a low voltage is applied across it.
The polymer has been used for everything from below surface heating of sports pitches to curing concrete and keeping food processing equipment at the right temperature.
Mattresses made from the polymer have also been developed to keep hospital patients warm in operating theatres, recovery rooms, Accident and Emergency departments, delivery suites, premature baby and intensive care units.
Now NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, has come up with new guidelines on medical technology which recommend Inditherm’s mattress is used to prevent inadvertent hypothermia during surgery.
Inadvertent hypothermia is a common and preventable complication of surgery, which can lead to increased blood loss, heart problems and risk of wound infection, and lead to longer recovery times and hospital stays.
Inditherm’s mattress not only keeps patients warm, it has also been shown to cost £9,800 less to use for each operating theatre over a year, when compared to alternatives such as disposable blankets and forced air warming.
NICE has told health authorities across the UK that Inditherm’s mattress is a practical, economic and effective patient warming device which can help prevent complications and reduce hospital costs.
Inditherm’s chief executive, Nick Bettles, said: “We are delighted that NICE has recognised the value of our patient warming mattress both in terms of its effectiveness in maintaining patient core body temperature and the cost savings it offers.”