Understanding the Why and How of Patient Warming in the OR
Patients get cold in the operating room due to a variety of factors. Not the least of these are the cool temperature in the OR, the bare skin of the patient, anesthesia, and cold intravenous fluids. In addition, anesthetized patients cannot regulate body temperature. Since anesthesia causes an immediate and drastic body temperature drop, inadvertent preoperative hypothermia is a real risk and may occur in as much as 20% of the time.
In this resource we cover the following:
- Why patient warming is necessary
- Causes of hypothermia in the OR
- Dangers of hypothermia
- Mechanics of patient warming in the OR
- Major methods of patient warming
- Best practice recommendations and regulations
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