Hypothermia/warming protocols: why are they not widely used in the OR?

  title={Hypothermia/warming protocols: why are they not widely used in the OR?},
  author={Tara Lynn Weirich},
  journal={AORN journal},
  volume={87 2},
Hypothermia, a common problem for patients having surgery, adversely affects multiple organ systems and physiologic functions. Research indicates that maintaining normothermia can reduce infection rates, operative blood loss, and length of hospital stay. Often, preventing hypothermia is not a high priority to surgical staff members because forced-air warming systems may cause field contamination and passive warming may increase the ambient OR temperature. In addition, inconsistent practices and… CONTINUE READING

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