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Degrees make a difference

The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System

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Why warm before, during or after any surgical procedure?

The difference between a positive patient outcome and a complicated recovery can be a matter of degrees. Unintended perioperative hypothermia is a frequent, yet preventable, complication of surgery. It can increase the rate of surgical site infection (SSI),¹ extend recovery time² and length of stay,¹ and increase mortality rates.³

However, hypothermia can be easily prevented when temperature is monitored and an active warming measure is instituted throughout the perioperative process — starting before the induction of anaesthesia. 

Maintaining normothermia can help avoid the potential cascade of negative outcomes associated with unintended hypothermia, including⁴

  • Increased risk of SSIs
  • Blood loss and transfusion requirements
  • Adverse cardiac events
  • Decreased drug metabolism
  • Shivering and thermal discomfort

Products for normothermia

  • The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System provides a wide range of patient warming products that play a critical role in maintaining normothermia, helping safeguard patients and improving outcomes. From blankets to gowns to temperature monitoring, we’ve got you covered. 

  • Warming fluids will not maintain normothermia on their own, but instead are considered an important adjunct therapy to forced air warming. The 3M™ Ranger™ Fluid Warming System offers intuitive, simple solutions for your most complex fluid warming needs.

  • The success of a patient's surgery can depend on the equipment that is used during the surgical journey. Knowing how to clean and maintain your patient warming equipment is important.

Resources for patient warming

1. Kurz A, Sessler DI, Lenhardt R. Perioperative normothermia to reduce the incidence of surgical-wound infection and shorten hospitalization. Study of Wound Infection and Temperature Group. N Engl J Med. 1996;334(19):1209-1215.
2. Lenhardt R, Marker E, Goll V, et al. Mild intraoperative hypothermia prolongs postanesthetic recovery. Anesthesiology. 1997;87(6):1318-1323.
3. Bush HL Jr, Hydo LJ, et al. Hypothermia during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the high price of avoidable morbidity. J Vasc Surg. 1995;21:392-400; discussion 400-392
4. Sessler DI, Kurz A. Mild perioperative hypothermia. Anesthesiology News. October 2008:17-28