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WHO SHOULD BE WARMED?
The answer is simple - Everyone.
Anesthetized patients can’t regulate their temperature. Research shows that core body temperature drops rapidly following the induction of general anesthesia, increasing the risk for unintended hypothermia - an all-too common and costly complication associated with higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays and an increased rate of wound infection.
Forced-air warming is a simple, cost-effective method to prevent unintended hypothermia and its complications.
*Adapted from: Sessler DI, Perioperative Heat Balance. Anesth., V92, No. 2, Feb 2000.