Evaluation of advanced cooling therapy’s esophageal cooling device for core temperature control

Melissa Naiman, Patrick Shanley, Frank Garrett, Erik Kulstad

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ABSTRACT: Managing core temperature is critical to patient outcomes in a wide range of clinical scenarios. Previous devices designed to perform temperature management required a trade-off between invasiveness and temperature modulation efficiency. The Esophageal Cooling Device, made by Advanced Cooling Therapy (Chicago, IL), was developed to optimize warming and cooling efficiency through an easy and low risk procedure that leverages heat transfer through convection and conduction. Clinical data from cardiac arrest, fever, and critical burn patients indicate that the Esophageal Cooling Device performs very well both in terms of temperature modulation (cooling rates of approximately 1.3°C/hour, warming of up to 0.5°C/hour) and maintaining temperature stability (variation around goal temperature ± 0.3°C). Physicians have reported that device performance is comparable to the performance of intravascular temperature management techniques and superior to the performance of surface devices, while avoiding the downsides associated with both.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-433
Number of pages11
JournalExpert review of medical devices
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 3 2016


  • Targeted temperature management
  • fever control
  • mild therapeutic hypothermia
  • operative normothermia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering


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