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New Endovascular Therapeutic Hypothermia System to Enhance Patient Care

Inferior Vena Cava Placement Scan ImageThe InnerCool RTx Endovascular System for cooling and warming provides whole body temperature modulation therapy in a closed-loop system from the inside out. It can rapidly raise and lower the body temperature of certain non-paralyzed, awake patients of all sizes in the intensive care setting.

The RTx cools and warms patients with a integrated temperature sensor catheter, which is placed below the heart via the femoral vein. Once in place, the closed-loop system modulates whole body temperature without fluid introduction or exchange by circulating cool or warm saline. This approach to therapeutic hypothermia achieves maximum cooling. It also allows for cooling of awake patients, which helps to avoid the risks inherent with paralytic agents such as masking seizures or inadequate levels of sedation. Clinical research and technological developments are expanding the potential applications in which this approach can help improve outcomes.

'The InnerCool RTx Endovascular System brings significant advancements in temperature modulation therapy and makes this technology even easier to use,” said Mike Miller, senior vice president and general manager, Cardiac Care, Philips Healthcare. “Because the InnerCool RTx has the faster cooling and warming rates, it will be able to provide high performance in multiple clinical applications and settings."

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