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Where can medical providers find a list of standard specifications for patient warming equipment?

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ASTM International provides a list of standards for patient warming equipment on its website. The standard specification, designated F2172-02, is available for purchase in PDF or hard copy format.

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Active Standard ASTM F2172 applies to blood, intravenous fluid and irrigation fluid warmers, as stated on the company website. The document aims to minimize patient and operator hazards by applying requirements and creating a framework for compliance testing. The standard specification does not apply to non-inline fluid warmers, such as warming cabinets, electric bowl heaters and plasma and red cell thawing devices. F2172 also does not cover open-heart bypass warming circuits and fluid warmers integral to dialysis units.

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