Nonwoven thermal blanket invention could help save more lives  

2008.12.02
Danish emergency services worker Finn Jensen has set up a one-man company called Therm Aid to market a disposable thermal blanket designed for speed and ease of use
Danish emergency services worker Finn Jensen has set up a one-man company called Therm Aid to market and sell an invention that could save the lives of many who die from hypothermia, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen.
 
His invention is a disposable thermal blanket made of silver foil-lined nonwoven fabric developed in collaboration with north Jutland firm Fibertex and the Technological Institute. The Thorax Thermal Blanket is designed for quick and easy use in the field, folding round the patient's head and torso and fastening with Velcro tapes. One particular advantage is that the product does not need to be removed if the patient is subsequently placed in a CT scanner. The product has been field tested by Danish commandos and marines, and according to Børsen 1,000 Thorax Thermal Blankets have already been sold.
 
There are around 55,000 ambulance services in the western world, so the potential for a disposable thermal blanket that can prove itself quicker and easier to use than existing products is no doubt considerable. Hypothermia is typically encountered following accidents involving immersion in cold water, traffic accidents, and accidents in highly exposed environments such as oil rigs.
 
Børsen reports that Therm Aid is in negotiations with sales agents in Scandinavia, as well as in Germany, UK, Finland and Poland. Following the initial launch phase, Therm Aid hopes to introduce the product on the US and Canadian markets.
 
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