Tampa, Florida 33606


Hypothermia is a common and serious complication during anesthesia and surgery. Anesthetic-induced hypothermia results from the inhibition of thermoregulatory control and exposure to cold operating room environment. Various warming methods, such as warm blankets, forced-air warmers and circulating water mattresses, are currently used to prevent and treat mild perioperative hypothermia. All are cutaneous approaches that rely on heating the peripheral tissues in order to increase the thermal core temperature. 5, 6 Application of cutaneous warming system blankets/pads are limited by location/extent of operative site; for example, in certain procedures such as laparatomies, reconstructive plastic surgery or orthopedic surgery, only a limited amount of skin surface is available for warming application. 7, 8, 9 The Dynatherm vitalHEAT technology takes advantage of the body's natural thermoregulatory system to channel thermal energy to the body's core non-invasively at a rapid rate. The vH2 system is designed to treat hypothermia during the peri-operative period through a combination of localized heat and vacuum application to one hand & forearm; this application 1) opens the arteriovenous anastamoses located in the palm of the hand and 2) conductively warms the extremity thus effectively warming the blood flow to the body's core. The vH2 system is a portable and compact warming device which provides a non-invasive approach to warming patients during surgery. The primary objective of this study is to determine if the Dynatherm Medical vitalHEAT (vH2) Temperature Management System is as effective as the forced-air warming Bair Hugger™ (Arizant Healthcare, Eden Prairie, MN) for maintenance of intraoperative body temperature in patients undergoing abdominal surgery under general anesthesia. The critical endpoints to be evaluated in making this determination are 1) % of subjects with an average intraoperative esophageal temperature of ≥ 36º C and 2) % of subjects with an initial PACU sublingual temperature of ≥ 36º C. Secondary objectives include 1) comparison of the core body temperatures @ 60 minutes post anesthesia induction, 2) comparison of temperature trends during surgery and 3) comparison of the subjects' PACU temperature trends and hypothermic symptoms such as shivering.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients undergoing elective open abdominal surgical procedures with an expected duration of 2 to 4 hours and requiring general anesthesia - American Society of Anesthesiologists(ASA) physical status I-III - Patient age: > 18 years and <80 years Exclusion Criteria: - Patient age: < 18 years and >80 years - Patients with break in skin integrity on the extremity selected as the application site - Patients with history of upper extremity peripheral vascular disease - Patients with history of allergic skin conditions of the upper extremities - Patients with history of bleeding disorders/coagulopathy - Patient with history of malignant hyperthermia - Patients who are pregnant - Patient unwilling or unable to give informed consent



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Enrico M Camporesi, M.D.
University of South Florida

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Tampa, Florida 33606
United States

Anna Valencia, MPH
Phone: 813-844-7000
Email: avalencia@tgh.org

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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