How to Use the Data Logger on Enthermics' Combination Blanket/Fluid Warmer

Posted by Lauren Burke on Categories: #AORN   #blanket   #Commission   #equipment   #fluid   #heating   #Joint   #medical   #nurses   #patients   #warming  

The data logger implemented in Enthermics' blanket, fluid, and combination warming cabinets is newly designed to retrieve historical temperature information and performance data to improve the documentation process and easily comply with Joint Commission and AORN guidelines.

The EC1850BL is a warming cabinet with two chambers that heats blankets and fluids simultaneously. This unit replaces single blanket and fluid warming cabinets to more effectively access blankets and fluids. The unit is perfect for emergency and operating rooms, labor and delivery centers and ASC's.

Why Having a Data Logger is Essential

The data logger is a temperature monitoring system able to offer instant visual confirmation of the temperature of the chambers. It helps verify each chamber reaches and maintains the set-point temperature at its steady state.

An onboard data logger benefits facilities in three main ways:

  • Safety — It enforces safety precautions by ensuring the chambers maintain proper temperature levels, operating free of any errors, and confirms the cabinet is being used properly by all staff.
  • Organization — The fast record retrieval feature makes it easier for hospitals to comply with safety standards through joint commission and AORN guidelines to catch any possible errors.
  • Time-Saving — This automatic feature replaces a manual one. It is no longer necessary for staff to manually record the temperature in each cabinet and has the ability to upload a single excel file of information in a matter of seconds.

How Does the Data Logger Work?

The data logger records the temperature in each chamber then stores it. It is capable of storing multiple year’s worth of data at one time and can go multiple years before requiring a download.

The logger automatically downloads the latest set of data not previously downloaded and takes just five seconds to download one week's worth of data.

Also, the warmer automatically records various performance parameters every five minutes while the power switch is on like:

  • Each time the temperature set-point is changed
  • Each time the fluid door is opened
  • Each time the fluid operation mode is changed

How to Download Temperature Data With the EC1850BL

  • First, make sure the warmer is on and the screen is lit.
  • Open the blanket warmer door and locate the USB drive port on the front of the unit between the two chambers.
  • Insert a San Disk Cruzer Glide USB drive with more than 4 GB of storage into the port (any other drive might lead to loss of data).

As soon as the USB drive goes in, the data download will begin. You’ll see the LED screen flashing during the data transfer. When the flashing stops, the download is complete and it’s safe to remove the drive from the port. Be sure to close the blanket warmer door when you are done.

How to Review the Data Downloaded From the Data Logger

You can review and manage the data on any computer with a USB port. Plug the drive into the computer’s USB port and double click on the right file.

File names are based on download dates. For example, a file named datalog_010219_HHMMSS.csv was downloaded on January 2, 2019.

Sort the data if necessary as you review it. The temperature unit measurements will match what was on the LED screen before download.

The final column titled “Error” provides necessary information for service technicians. Keep the USB port in an accessible and safe place for compliance documentation and in case the unit requires maintenance.

The data logger is a practical and time-saving feature — one that enhances the safety of the unit and comfort of the patients.

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