With numerous outlets for news and information
on new developments in the surgical community, it
can be easy to slip into the habit of relying too heavily
on one format or another. Fortunately, as a reader of
Surgical Products you know about the print publication, daily e-newsletter and website (
www.surgicalproductsmag.com) as individual outlets for news,
articles, and product data. However, it can be easy to
dismiss how well all of these outlets work together.
Every day over 14,000 subscribers to our e-news-
letter from throughout the surgical and OR sector
receive information that includes:
• Late-breaking news, regulatory developments, and
patient safety updates. Some of the most clicked
upon items over the last 60 days included:
– Surgeon Left Open-Heart Operation Early
– Lawsuit: Ohio Hospital Nurse Was “Worked To
– Seattle Children's Hospital Investigated Over
• Blogs and market data from industry experts and
leading organizations. Some of the most clicked upon
blogs and results over the last 60 days included:
– Inside The First Scandal In Patient Safety by
Bob Wachter, M.D.
– Infection Control Versus Psychology: To White
Coat Or Not by Michael Edmond, M.D.
– Suture Removal In The Mid-21st Century
by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of
• Topical coverage on key industry trends. Some of
the most clicked upon coverage over the last 60 days
– Robotic Surgical Incident Reporting Leads To
More Questions Than Answers
– Despite Checklists, Wrong-Site Surgery Still
– Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection
– Taking Retractors To The Next Level
All of the aforementioned information is housed at
By tracking what readers are clicking on we can
tailor the content of our print publication to provide
more in-depth articles, like the following in this issue:
• Robotic surgery on pg. 14
• Wrong-site surgery on pg. 38
• Infection control on pg. 10
Encompass Group, LLC's Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology was
selected by readers as March's Reader's Choice product.
Q: Thermoflect is designed to prevent hypothermia by preserving
— or banking — a patient's core body temperature. How does
the product work to accomplish this?
A: Thermoflect blankets, patient gowns, bouffant caps, pediatric pajamas, and even
staff apparel put heat-reflective technology, pioneered by NASA, to use in preserving
core body temperature and preventing convective heat loss (wind chill).
Q: Patient movement and transport is a key component of the
perioperative journey. How do Thermoflect products allow for
the patient to be moved and transported easily and effectively?
A: Thermoflect products are powered by the patient instead of electricity. They are
ultra-lightweight and move with the patient throughout the perioperative journey to
Q: What is the lifespan of the material? Is it durable?
A: Thermoflect is lined with a soft, patient-friendly inner surface making it comfortable for patients. It is durable enough for the entire patient stay and can even be taken
home for continued therapy.
Q: What are some other key attributes of the product?
A: ThermoflectHeat Reflective Technology products can save 50 percent or more
over other patient warming measures. Thermoflect can reduce bath blanket usage by
up to 95 percent. According to evidence-based practices, prewarming for a minimum
of 15 to 30 minutes, also known as banking heat, can minimize the impact of redistribution temperature drop [RTD].
For more information, visit www.encompassgroup.net