In the surgical environment, degrees matter. The maintenance of a normal core body temperature, normothermia, is a crucial component of patient safety. Core temperatures outside the normal range pose a risk in all patients undergoing surgery and have been associated with an increased risk of surgical complications, including surgical site infections.
The difference between a positive patient outcome and a complicated recovery can be a matter of degrees. Unintended perioperative hypothermia is a frequent, yet preventable, complication of surgery. It can:
However, hypothermia can be easily prevented when temperature is monitored and an active warming measure is instituted throughout the perioperative process - starting before the induction of anesthesia.
The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ normothermia system provides a comprehensive solution that works seamlessly throughout the perioperative process to effectively and efficiently measure and manage patient temperature.
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2. Lenhardt R, Marker E, Goll V, et al. Mild intraoperative hypothermia prolongs postanesthetic recovery. Anesthesiology. 1997;87(6):1318–1323.
3. Bush HL Jr, Hydo LJ, et al. Hypothermia during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the high price of avoidable morbidity. J Vasc Surg. 1995;21: 392–400; discussion 400–392
Warming patients who are undergoing surgery is important, but it should not be complicated. The Bair Hugger warming blanket system has demonstrated, flexible temperature management solutions designed to make your job easier by helping you deliver optimal care while maintaining normothermia.
Getting your patients safely through surgery and on their way home takes clinical expertise, along with a dose of warm, caring encouragement. The Bair Hugger warming gown system adds a unique dimension to patient warming, providing clinical and comfort warming options in a single patient gown..
The Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system eliminates the variation in temperature readings due to device accuracy or technique and provides an accurate, non-invasive temperature measuring method that can be used throughout the perioperative environment and in any type of anesthesia.