Currently, hospitals need to constantly monitor hyper/hypothermic patients when trying to return a patients core body temperature to safe value. The temperature automated blanket system (TABS) constantly monitors a patients temperature, through a medical rectal probe (proven to be the most accurate way of reading a patients core body temperature), and adjusts the heating/cooling blanket accordingly. The need for this product is evident by the fact that, currently, hospitals with non-automated systems designate a nurse to constantly monitor a patient, which is inconvenient for effective/efficient personnel use. Systems that automate the process of heating and cooling a patient do exist as complete packages, but these systems are large in size, require water, and are very expensive ($5,000 to $10,000). TABS is a cheap and smaller alternative to the large expensive packages that are available.
heating, cooling, blanket
Okebalama, Chidinma, "Self Regulation Heating Cooling Blanket Using the Peltier Effect" (2007). Honors Junior/Senior Projects. Paper 46. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d1000662x
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