Patient Warming Benefits Include More Than SSI Reductions

Posted by Sarah Millard on Categories: #blanket warmer   #Enthermics Medical Systems   #fluid warmer   #fluid warming   #hospital   #normothermia   #patient warming   #surgical site infection  

Patient warming before, during and after surgery is a well-documented way to prevent surgical site infections, which can add significant costs and delay patient recovery. But patient warming, including through the use of blanket warmers and fluid warmers, has a series of other benefits.

Outpatient Surgery’s recent article Patient Warming’s Not-So-Obvious Benefits  highlights other reasons to warm patients, including:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased patient comfort
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Reduced chances for cardiac problems
  • Less anesthesia required to put patients to sleep
  • Increased response to medication
  • Reduced shivering, which also reduces the need to take repeated readings
  • Faster recovery

Additionally, health care professionals recommended in the article that both blanket warmers and fluid warmers be used to maintain normothermia for patients. One health care professional suggested keeping warmed blankets in close contact with a patient’s skin for the best results.

The health care officials all agree in the article: patient warming is an important addition to your hospital or clinic. It might seem like a small thing, but when it comes to patient recovery, care and satisfaction, blanket warmers and fluid warmers make a huge difference.

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