Performance Characteristics of Fluid Warming Technology in Austere Environments

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Blakeman T, Fowler J, Branson R, Petro M, Rodriquez D 21(1). 18 - 24 (Journal Article)

Resuscitation of the critically ill or injured is a significant and complex task in any setting, often complicated by environmental influences. Hypothermia is one of the components of the "Triad of Death" in trauma patients. Devices for warming IV fluids in the austere environment must be small and portable, able to operate on battery power, warm fluids to normal body temperature (37°C), and perform under various conditions, including at altitude. The authors evaluated four portable fluid warmers that are currently fielded or have potential for use in military environments.

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