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8 4 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 T he list of negative patient out- comes associated with unintend- ed perioperative hypothermia is surprisingly long: wound infec- tions, myocardial ischemia and cardiac disturbance, coagulopathy, prolonged and altered drug effects, increased mortality, shivering, pain and thermal discomfort, and H Y P O T H E R M I A Theresa Criscitelli, EdD(c), RN, CNOR | Mineola, N.Y. The Unintended Consequences Of Unintended Hypothermia BAD OUTCOMES Unintended perioperative hypothermia is associated with negative patient out- comes, including an increased rate of wound infections, increased length of hospital stay and higher mortality rates. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Warming's not just about patient comfort. There are very real threats in even mild hypothermia. OSE_1402_part2_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:58 PM Page 82

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