Thermoflect blankets and other Thermoflect products are used to treat and prevent hypothermia. Preventing hypothermia reduces the risk of surgical site infections and other medical problems and complications. The Thermoflect products are being recalled for re-labeling after a report of an injury to a patient who was using a Thermoflect blanket during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
At this point the recall and relabeling is a precaution and it is not known for sure if the Thermoflect product caused the injury. However, Encompass Group the company that sells Thermoflect products, is relabeling the products and has sent letters to hospital, doctors, and other customers asking them not to use Thermoflect products in the MR environment until the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) establishes a standard for testing the safety of the products in that environment.
Thermoflect blankets and other Thermoflect products are still considered to be safe and effective for prevention and treatment of hypothermia outside of the MR environment.
How Thermoflect Works
Thermoflect products include blankets, pants, vests, transport cocoons, caps, and other products. They prevent heat loss due to airflow in the same way that other blankets and clothing items would, but they also reflect the heat radiating off of a patient’s body back to them, helping to maintain core body temperature. The science behind Thermoflect products was pioneered by NASA as an alternative to electric heat as a way to maintain body temperature.