THE THREE STEPS OF WHOLE-BODY HYPERTHERMIA

 
Mild WBH
Moderate / Fever-Range WBH
Extreme WBH
Target Temperature
body-core,
T(rectal)
< 38,5 °C *)
38,5 - 40,5 °C *)
> 40,5 °C *)
 
Duration of Application
in the given Temp. Region
short
long
short
long
 
< 30 min
> 30 min
< 4 h
> 4 h
> 1 h
Load of Patient

sweating,



no
thermoregulatory
stress

sweating,



no
thermoregulatory
stress
thermoregulatory
stress,



personal care,
weak sedation if necessary
thermoregulatory
stress,



sedation necessary
deep intravenous anaesthesia
or
general anaesthesia
Supervision of Patient
without care,
home application possible








care by nurse




parameter
(minimum):
T(axillary,
sublingual,
tympanal)
care by nurse
with doctoral supervision
**)


parameter (minimum):
T(rectal),
T(axill,subl,tymp)
heart rate
care by nurse
with doctoral supervision

parameter (minimum):
T(rectal),
blood pressure
ECG, oxygen saturation
intensive care medicine
guided by doctor
Range of Indications
(selection)
relaxation,
wellness
rehabilitation,
physiotherapy,
orthopaedics
chronic inflammations,
rheumatology,
dermatology,
environmental medicine,
oncology
oncology
oncology
 
*) The boundaries of temperature between the steps of whole-body hyperthermia have only the character of a rough orientation, because they are subject to individual variations
**) in Germany also under supervision of a non-medical practitioner

heckel-medizintechnik and Von Ardenne Institut für Angewandte Medizinische Forschung 05/01
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