Why Do Hospital Burn Units Use Infrared Radiant Heating?

April 17, 2017

Electric Heating For Burn UnitsSerious burns are among the most difficult injuries to treat. To successfully treat burn injuries, the environment in a hospital burn unit must be precisely controlled.

Radiant heat (also known as infrared heat) emits infrared energy. Unlike traditional heating, radiant heat doesn’t work by warming and circulating air. Instead it acts directly on people and objects in the room, heating them in the same way the sun heats the earth. It can be used to heat whole rooms or focused on precise areas within a space. These properties make radiant heat the ideal choice for the demanding requirements in burn unit applications.

Two of the most important factors in maintaining a stable healing environment are heating and proper ventilation. Traditional heating technologies can cause multiple problems for burn victims, which is why many hospital units that treat such injuries prefer to use radiant heating technology in conjunction with traditional heating and ventilation methods. This combination allows the introduction of enough supply air to maintain positive room pressure for infection control, and with proper diffusor placement, create an air curtain around the bed that allows the radiant panel to maintain desired temperatures for the patient, i.e. 29.4oC or 85oF, while utilizing 21.1oC or 70oF supply air at very low velocities, maximizing patient recovery and comfort, while providing lower temperatures in the rest of the room for the medical staff.

This combination of radiant electric heating panels along with properly regulated low velocity ventilation helps to normalize the temperature of the patient to facilitate wound healing, and to prevent complications such as reduced blood supply to the heart and other organs, contraction and narrowing of the blood vessels, clotting and bleeding disorders, damage to the immune and neurological systems, as well as reduce the risk of infection, and increase patient comfort.

Infrared radiant heat is available from many different sources. For the demanding applications in hospital critical care units none outperform CeramiCircuitTM by Radiant Electric Heat. Our CeramiCircuit Ceiling Heaters can be integrated into a suspended ceiling system, or flush mounted to a hard surface ceiling. Our Cove Heater is another option which can be wall mounted near ceiling height. All our units provide radiant heat from the industry’s only CeramiCircuitTM element. This unique element provides 52% greater downward Radiant output then competing units. Our porcelain surface is antimicrobial and antibacterial, can be washed down without causing surface degradation, and has an industry best 10 year non-prorated warranty.