Medical Devices Need A Next Gen Compact and Secure Thermal System

Next Gen Thermal Solutions Improve Home Medical Devices

A Watlow White Paper

Enhanced safety regulations necessitate elevated standards for home medical devices. To meet these requirements, thermal solutions can be employed to enhance performance; however, adopting a system-based approach is crucial during the design process.

Home medical devices can benefit from thermal components that enhance their performance and comfort for the patient. However, to comply with safety standards and reduce both size and cost, those components must be designed as part of a systems solution.

The white paper explores the growing market for home medical devices and the challenges they face in meeting the safety standards of IEC 60601-1-11. It explains that traditional thermal solutions, such as isolation transformers, are not suitable for home care settings because they are bulky, expensive and consume a lot of power. It proposes that a systems approach is needed to design thermal solutions that can reduce leakage current, improve performance and save space.

The white paper showcases two examples of innovative heaters that can achieve these goals: the FLUENT® heater, which uses a low-mass, low-profile design to heat fluids for home hemodialysis machines; and the ULTRAMIC® heater, which uses advanced ceramic technology to heat air for portable oxygen concentrators. These heaters demonstrate how a new generation of thermal systems can enable smaller, safer, and more efficient medical devices for home care settings.

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