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Archive Infection Control 2013

Does Pre-Op Warming Matter?

Our QI study found that intraoperative and post-op warming maintain normothermia.

Mary Mulvaine, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA


— WARMING'S PLACE Mary Mulvaine, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA, attaches a forced-air warming blanket in post-op.

It seems logical to think that pre-warming patients before surgery would help maintain their normothermia until discharge. Our 4-OR, 94-bed hospital was among the growing number of facilities ( that bought into the idea that "banking" patients' heat while they were in pre-op would ensure they'd arrive in the OR with normal body temperatures that they'd maintain straight through to PACU. Or so we thought.

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