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Hypothermia Prevention

Hypothermia is a serious and often overlooked complication of anesthesia, surgery and critical care.

Heat Loss Mechanism

  • Hypothermia occurs in approximately 70% of all surgical patients
  • Hypothermia can lead to myocardial ischemia
  • Clinical studies show a strong correlation between hypothermia and myocardial ischemia in elderly patients at risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Hypothermia increases wound infections
  • Evidence shows that hypothermia may decrease a patient’s ability to resist infection
  • Hypothermia causes coagulation disorders
  • Hypothermia is associated with a reversible dysfunction of platelets and the coagulation cascade
  • Blood loss and blood transfusion requirements are significantly higher in hypothermic Patients
  • Hypothermia increases oxygen consumption
  • Hypothermic patients show an increase in oxygen consumption placing significant demands on the cardiovascular system.
  • Normothermia saves money
  • Hypothermia complications delay recovery and increase costs.
  • Normothermia saves time
  • Patients who are normothermic spend less time in the recovery room than Hypothermic patients.

Thermicare — Disposable Heat retentive patient suit keeps patients warm by controlling heat loss from radiation and convection.
Thermiflow — Disposable Fluid Warming IV Set
LifeTrack — Heat and Moisture Exchanger with Filter