Quite commonly, when patients are in the OR for longer than an hour, some form of whole body warming may need to be used to maintain normothermia.
Protecting patients in the Operating Room (OR) is a priority for any medical professional. Every task done is designed to help or reduce risks. Sanitation and sterilization help or reduces germs. Anesthesia helps or reduces pain and movement. High-tech procedures help eliminate organ damage and scarring, but what additional injury might happen during the procedure?
During OR procedures, it can be common for the patient's body temperature to fall. Reasons can include the effects of anesthetics, the use of cool IV fluids, low OR temperatures and patient exposure while lying on a cool operating table. This can be significant for a patient’s health as the consequences of unintended hypothermia can include medical complications, longer recovery times and higher mortality.
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