Fluid Warming Prevents Hypothermia For Entire Surgery Duration

Posted by Sarah Millard on Categories: #blanket warmer   #blanket warming cabinet   #fluid warmers   #fluid warming   #hypothermia   #normothermia   #surgery   #surgical site infection  

Are you keeping your patients warm enough during surgery?

While forced air warming may elevate body temperatures by the end of surgery, a recent study at the Cleveland Clinic shows that patients are still showing signs of hypothermia during surgery under this system. Adequate patient warming during surgery helps prevent costly surgical site infections: hypothermia during surgery can put your patients at risk for infections, which leads to a longer recovery time.

The study, according to Outpatient Surgery Magazine, reviewed more than 50,000 adults undergoing non-cardiac surgical procedures. The patients were not pre-warmed and they used a forced air warming system. The results showed that the patients experienced hypothermia during surgery.

The study suggests several ways to prevent hypothermia during surgery, including temperature monitoring, effective warming, and fluid warming. Documenting where lapses in patient warming are during surgery will help doctors and nurses to make continuous improvements to their surgery processes. Additionally, reducing the risks for surgical site infections through patient warming can mean a faster recover time for your patients, increasing your reputation for quality care.

Warmed blankets and fluids remain an effective and reliable to maintain normothermia in patients. Not only do patients stay warm during surgery, using warm blankets and fluid warmers reduces the potential for contamination used by forced air warming. Enthermics Medical Systems’ patient warming equipment also benefits hospitals by providing a low-energy solution, which provides utility savings.

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