Warming Can Help Improve Clinical Outcomes

Posted by Alexandria Andrews on

Healthcare clinics, hospitals, and surgery centers use patient warming practices to improve clinical outcomes and patient comfort. But maintaining normothermia for patients is essential when complying with regulatory agencies’ rules and recommendations.

The Joint Commission’s Surgical Improvement Project in October 2009 developed the following guideline for temperature management: “Surgical patients should be actively warmed during surgery or have at least one recorded body temperature equal to or greater than 96.8°F within 30 minutes prior to the end of anesthesia to 15 minutes after anesthesia ends.”

While hospitals and clinics have adopted The Joint Commission’s patient warming regulations, overall patient satisfaction, surgical site infections, and healthcare-acquired infections continue to impact government reimbursements. Because of these rules and regulations, patient warming is not just necessary from a point of care or patient satisfaction perspective but also for a financial considerations.

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