Warming Saves Lives.
Hypothermia causes many complications:
- Increased wound infections2.
- Increased blood loss3
- Increased ICU times and hospital stays2.
- Higher mortality rates4
- Increased transfusion requirements
- “Even mildly hypothermic patients could suffer an increase in adverse outcomes that can add costs of as much as $2,500-7,000 per patient.”
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1. Sessler, DI. Perioperative Heat Balance. Anesth., V92, No 2, Feb 2000.
2. Kurz A, et al. Perioperative normothermia to reduce the incidence of surgical-wound infection and shorten hospitalization. NEJM. 1996;334:1209-1215.
3. Schmied H et al. Mild hypothermia increases blood loss and transfusion requirements during total hip arthroplasty. Lancet 347(8997):289-292,2995.
4. Bush H et al. Hypothermia during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the high price of avoidable morbidity. J Vasc Surg 21:392-402, 1995.