Hypothermia--it's more than a toy.

  title={Hypothermia--it's more than a toy.},
  author={Gunther J Pestel and Andrea Kurz},
  journal={Current opinion in anaesthesiology},
  volume={18 2},
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Perioperative hypothermia triples the incidence of adverse myocardial outcomes in high-risk patients; it significantly increases blood loss and augments allogeneic transfusion requirements. Even mild hypothermia increases the incidence of surgical wound infection following colon resection and therefore the duration of hospitalization. Hypothermia adversely affects antibody- and cell-mediated immune defenses, as well as the oxygen availability in the peripheral wound tissues… CONTINUE READING