This patented device has the shape of a cylinder and the size of a normal flashlight. By pressing a switch, the temperature of the circular front surface will decrease from room temperature down to -10 to -15 degrees Celsius in about 30 seconds.
This “electronic ice-cube” has been developed to test a patient’s level of spinal and epidural anaesthesia. This is done by pressing the cold surface of the tool on an anaesthetised area of a patient’s body while observing how the patient reacts.
The tool has standard rechargeable batteries that are connected to a fast battery charger. Up to 10 shots can be carried out without recharging the batteries.
The innovative aspects are:
· There is no similar product available on the market
· Faster and more user-friendly than any conventional method
· Clean cooling by electricity
The main advantages are:
· More reliable test results of the patient’s level of anaesthesia due to the tool’s more even initial conditions, i.e. the tool’s temperature is less erratic and more controlled during tests compared to e.g. cold spray, ice-cubes etc.
· Environmentally friendly. No use of chemicals or liquids
· Increased sensitivity due to colder surface (–10 to –20 degrees Celsius) compared to other methods
· Has the potential to be a standardised method
· Long life with no moving parts and rechargeable batteries