Pathophysiologic changes and effects of hypothermia on outcome in elective surgery and trauma patients.

Abstract

Generally, hypothermia is defined as a core temperature <35 degrees C. In elective surgery, induced hypothermia has beneficial effects. It is recommended to diminish complications attributable to ischemia reperfusion injury. Experimental studies have shown that hypothermia during hemorrhagic shock has beneficial effects on outcome. In contrast, clinical… (More)

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