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Mulry, D., Mooney, B
2012
March
World of irish Nursing
Perioperative hypothermia prevention
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perioperative hypothermia prevention
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Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia is a common complication of perioperative procedures and is defined as a core body temperature below 36° C. ¹ Hypothermia may be classified into three categories; mild hypothermia (34-36° C), moderate hypothermia (30-34° C) and severe hypothermia (≤ 30° C) and can develop at any stage during the surgical pathway, be it pre-operatively, intra-operatively or post-operatively. The incidence is known to occur in 60-90 % of all surgical patients and results when the body’s ability to maintain normothermia is diminished by absence of protective reflexes such as shivering and pilo-erection due to anaesthesia and loss of heat during surgery.
Dublin
World of irish Nursing
http://www.nuigalway.ie/cns/documents/HypothermiaMulryMooney.pdf
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