05609619 is referenced by 52 patents and cites 25 patents.

A patient's body temperature is regulated by using an enclosure to enclose a portion of the patient's body in an isolated environment. In accordance with one embodiment, the patient's entire body below his head is enclosed. Once enclosed, the patient is surrounded by heated vapor that is injected into the enclosure. The heated vapor condenses on the patient's skin to warm the patient quickly, efficiently and safely. This embodiment is well suited for the treatment of hypothermia patients. In accordance with alternative embodiments, only a portion of the patient's head is enclosed. In these embodiments, an enclosure is placed on the patient's head, and heated vapor is fed into the enclosure. Excess air and vapor are preferably dissipated by vents in the cap, whereas excess condensate is preferably absorbed by an absorbent layer provided in the cap. These embodiments are well suited for regulating a patient's body temperature in a surgical setting. Tympanic temperature is monitored and thus vapor dew point temperature is controlled to less than 47.degree. C. but greater than tympanic temperature. Heated vapor may heat other articles such as intravenous supply bags. The heated vapor for many locations in a building may be supplied from a central steam generator.

Title
Method and apparatus for heating bodies
Application Number
479332
Publication Number
5609619
Application Date
January 10, 1994
Publication Date
March 11, 1997
Inventor
Francesco Pompei
Boston
MA, US
Agent
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds P C
Assignee
Exergen Corporation
MA, US
IPC
A61F 7/00
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