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1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 T he active prewarm- ing of patients has proven invaluable in the fight against inad- vertent perioperative hypothermia (IPH), a serious but preventa- ble complication that can delay wound healing and increase risk of surgical site infections. Patients who suffer IPH might also require more aggressive post-op pain management, remain in recovery longer and be at higher risk of needing a blood transfusion. The clinical benefits of maintaining nor- mothermia clearly go well beyond patient comfort, although the satis- fying effects of active warming measures can't be ignored. Two years ago, we conducted a study to test the benefits of actively prewarming orthopedic and colorectal patients. We want- ed to find out if prewarming would: • reduce episodes of IPH and lower SSI risks and the need for blood transfusions; and • increase patients' thermal comfort and reduce their anxiety throughout the perioperative experience. The trial involved applying forced-air warming for 30 minutes to about 500 patients in pre-op. We discovered prewarming resulted in Marci D. Trump, MSN, RN, CNOR; Adrianna Medina, RN, CNOR; and Denise Rainier, MBA, BSN, RN | Long Beach, Calif. Prewarming Works Wonders Early interventions to maintain normothermia reduce infection risks and increase patient satisfaction. • SAFE AND SATISFIED Active patient warming is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that pleases patients and enhances clinical outcomes.

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