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Patient Temperature Management

Warming Cabinet

Unintended hypothermia is associated with adverse outcomes such as increased rates of surgical site infection, increased hospital length of stay and higher mortality rates. Research shows that core body temperature drops rapidly following induction of general anesthesia and even mild hypothermia immediately before, during or after surgery can have significant consequences.

The good news is that unintended hypothermia is easily prevented. Numerous healthcare organizations globally have published temperature management recommendations. In Canada, Safer Healthcare Now recommends the use of warm blankets preoperatively, during surgery and in PACU coupled with warmed IV fluids to maintain patient normothermia and reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

Who should be warmed?

The answer is simple – SHN recommends that normothermia be maintained throughout the perioperative course for all surgical patients. As a corporate partner of Safer Healthcare Now, Associated Health Systems offers a complete patient temperature management solution. This includes continuing education support, the industry leading BetterBuilt Warming Cabinets and the Bair Hugger family of forced-air warming products (Bair Hugger, Bair Paws and Ranger). Bair Hugger therapy is the standard of excellence in preventing hypothermia in surgical patients worldwide.

As a corporate partner of Safer Healthcare Now, Associated Health Systems offers a complete patient temperature management solution that includes continuing education support and the industry leading Bair Hugger family of products (Bair Hugger, Bair Paws and Ranger). Bair Hugger therapy is the standard of excellence in preventing hypothermia in surgical patients worldwide.

To learn more about the Growing Importance of Perioperative Warming, take the free online continuing education course.