CARBONTECH HEATING MAT
Carbon Tech technology
Carbon Tech incorporates a high density carbon fabric, specially designed for even heat distribution.
The soft yet resistant texture of the mat provides the patient with maximum comfort.
Long-life and high efficiency
CarbonTech reaches its regulation temperature within 5 minutes only.
CarbonTech is designed to maintain the temperature necessary for warming the animal during long periods.
Strong and hygienic
A fastening system allows to link the power block of the mat under the surgery table to secure the work environment.
The protective coating of CarbonTech is designed for maximum resistance to animal scratching and biting and is
CarbonTech can be cleaned easily with only water and soap. You can disconnect the power cable when cleaning.
Increased safety with integrated regulation device
CarbonTech is equipped with a temperature probe and a high accuracy limiter, to ensure that the contact temperature does not exceed the safety limits (42°C).
Extra flat, Carbon Tech V2 carbon fabric does not store heat.
For higher safety, the power is turned off automatically after 12 hours of use.
3 POWER LEVELS
50, 80 & 100%
✔️ Integrated probe with temperature sensor
✔️ Integrated temperature limiter (107.6°F - 42°C)
✔️ 3 power levels (50%, 80% and 100%)
✔️ Automatic shut-down after 12 hours of heating
✔️ Disconnectable power block
✔️ Universal power supply from 100 to 240V
✔️ 24V DC operation
✔️ High density carbon fabric
✔️ Soft, resistant, easy-to-maintain coating
Clinical tests have shown that the use of temperature
limiter makes it possible to optimize heating to better
fight against hypothermia.
1️⃣4 kg Cat - intervention time: 1h40
Temperature before surgery: 38.4°C
Temperature at the end of the surgery: 38.1°C
2️⃣ 9 kg Poodle - intervention time: 1h10
Temperature before surgery: 37.8°C
Temperature at the end of the surgery: 37.7°C
3️⃣ 40 kg Labrador - intervention time: 2h00
Temperature before surgery: 38.7°C
Temperature at the end of the surgery: 38.2°C
1st case chart
Management of hypothermia
What is hypothermia?
The term hypothermia is used to describe a warm-blooded animal’s temperature when it has decreased
below its normal values, so that its vital functions may be impaired.
Example for a cat or a dog:
1st case chart
Causes of hypothermia may include:
► Surgery, ….
Hypothermia may have dramatic consequences such as severe damage caused to vital organs, and in
some cases, even death of the animal.
The smaller the animal, the greater the risk of hypothermia.
When should we use preventive warming?
An animal’s temperature will typically drop during a surgery with anaesthesia.
The degree of temperature drop depends on the size of the animal, age, coat/fur, type of anaesthesia used, on the length of the procedure and on how invasive the procedure may be. Whatever the method is used to warm the animal, the principle is the same: to supply the animal with energy.
How to determine whether the animal needs a warming solution?
The answer is simple: the decision must be based on monitoring the animal’s body temperature.
A quick orthopaedic procedure on a big dog will not cause the temperature to drop as quickly as a one hour open abdominal surgery on a small cat.
How to monitor the body temperature?
Monitoring the body temperature means measuring it at regular intervals. It can be performed either with a classic thermometer or with a probe connected to the multiparametric monitoring system.
Which measurement site?
The rectal temperature can be taken but it does not represent a reliable indication of the true physiological situation of the animal. It may drop quickly when the animal’s rectum is dilatated because of anaesthesia, and the temperature of the rectal zone is not regulated in priority by the animal’s body.
When possible, the best way to measure central temperature is by using an oesophageal probe. This probe will transmit all significant fluctuations of the animal’s central temperature with better precision and reactivity, therefore providing a better measurement of the actual physiological state of the animal.
Safety guidelines to warm efficiently
Animals with hypothermia need to be rewarmed, but the process should occur gradually. This gradual warming helps to avoid excessive warming, which would provoke hypothermia.
We must also make sure that the pet is «warm» not «hot» and will not favour appearance of burns. The equipment used to warm the pet must not present a risk of inducing other issues, such as mechanical or electrical hazards. Please review following safety guidelines thoroughly prior to use any warming material.
Mitigation of the risk of hyperthermia:
The most important thing to consider when mitigating the risk of hypothermia for any pet is to monitor the animal’s temperature.
If an animal’s temperature is above 100.4°F / 38°C, it does not need to be warmed.
If an animal does need to we warmed during or after a procedure however and it is being covered while using warming material, it is important for the pet’s temperature to be monitored closely so that excessive heat does not accumulate under much cover.
The same principle applies to any animal that may be in a cage as well. The cage must be well ventilated to prevent heat accumulation during warming solution use. It is recommended to continuously monitor the animal’s temperature to avoid excessive warming thereby alleviating potential hyperthermia.
When an animal stays in the same position for an extended period, its body weight puts pressure on tissues and joints. This creates the potential for painful bedsores (for example: a dog lying on the spine will compress the skin between the spine and the table. In such a situation, tissues are compressed and blood flow may be partially or totally blocked in the area, causing necrosis of the tissues.) This risk may be even high with some anaesthesia protocols that induce a lowered blood pressure (ischemia).
Several risk factors may cause this to occur more frequently such as the pet’s age, coat or general overall clinical health of the pet. Other circumstances that may lead to bedsores include:
• Long exposure of the compressed zone to liquids
• Warming of the compressed zone
They are a host of various warming solutions that have been utilized for pets that have not necessarily been developed to meet the specific needs of animals. Warming solutions for animals should be based on the study of temperature curves so they safely integrate features adapted for animals.
To warm an animal without risk, the contact temperature between the animal and the warming solution should not exceed 107.6°F / 42°C for more than 15 minutes, for a healthy animal. This is assuming there is no compression points, maceration and/or no specific pathologies that would favour necrosis of a zone that may be made worse by the heating.
To sum up
To avoid burns and necrosis, it is imperative to avoid long term compression points and maceration of tissues. It is also important to always take into account the unique physiological presentation of the animal.
When the animal is heavy and tissues are compressed for a long time or skin macerates in liquids during warming to avoid hypothermia, there is an increased risk of burns, bedsores and possible necrosis.
ADVANCED VET NURSE TRAINING, WA
Samantha Clutterbuck, Owner
"Did you know that rectal temperatures are not always the most accurate way to assess an anaesthetised patients core body temperature?
The patients rectum can dilate during anaesthesia, and the temperature of the rectal zone is not regulated as a priority by the animals body.
A better option for monitoring is the oesophageal probe, hands up who only just learnt that today like me! ✋
I’ve recently been looking into heating options for patients under anaesthesia, and the safety concerns surrounding them, and I've come across this carbon tech heating mat from Genia Australia.
It’s designed to be quite soft and have no rigid heating elements so reduces the risk of compression sores and ischemia which can be an issue with older patients and those under anaesthetic for prolonged periods of time.
The other great aspect I love is the temperature probes to prevent it from overheating, even if the mat is used incorrectly.
Have you ever seen a burn from one of the old school style mats? 😵"
MT GRAVATT VETERINARY CLINIC, QLD
Renee, Veterinary Nurse
“I have absolutely been loving the new Carbon Tech heat matts! Both sizes have been working really well in keeping all our patients warm under anaesthetic aswell as keeping them comfortable after procedures 😊 The waterproof material and fast warming has been perfect for our daily surgery and hospital patients.”
VETS ON PARKER, VIC
Kath, Veterinary Nurse
“Our heat mat is working really well so far, we use it for our sterile surgeries and we've found it's keeping our patients warmer for longer. The size fits perfectly to our table and it's very easy to clean. It's also quite soft and easily manipulated.”