Preanesthetic skin-surface warming reduces redistribution hypothermia caused by epidural block.

@article{Glosten1993PreanestheticSW,
  title={Preanesthetic skin-surface warming reduces redistribution hypothermia caused by epidural block.},
  author={B. Glosten and James M. Hynson and Daniel I Sessler and Joseph McGuire},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={1993},
  volume={77 3},
  pages={
          488-93
        }
}
Redistribution of heat from the core to the cool peripheral compartments of the body causes hypothermia during epidural anesthesia. Diminishing the temperature gradient between the core and peripheral tissues by warming the body via the skin before anesthesia should prevent this hypothermia. We measured core temperature, skin temperatures, and cutaneous heat loss in seven volunteers who received two lidocaine epidural injections during a single study day. One epidural injection was given after… CONTINUE READING

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