Forward-deployed medical units do not have the capability to warm intravenous (IV) fluids before their administration. We intend to demonstrate a field-expedient means of warming IV fluids and preventing hypothermia using the flameless heater available in the Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE). Room-temperature and refrigerated lactated Ringer's solution were organized into three data collection groups using either one or two MRE heaters. The temperature change of the fluid was recorded. Average temperature increases ranged from 15.8 to 31.2° C in times ranging from 8 to 20 minutes. Therefore, we conclude that the flameless MRE heater provides a simple, field-expedient means of warming IV fluids before their administration.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health