What is Normothermia?

In the surgical environment, degrees matter. The maintenance of a normal core body temperature, normothermia, is a crucial component of patient safety. Core temperatures outside the normal range pose a risk in all patients undergoing surgery and have been associated with an increased risk of surgical complications, including surgical site infections.

  • Patient prewarming can help maintain normothermia

     

  • Prevent unintended hypothermia in surgery

    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 wound infection (SSI)1
    • Extend recovery time2
    • Extend length of stay1
    • Increase mortality rates3

    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 anesthesia.

    The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ normothermia system provides a comprehensive solution that works seamlessly throughout the perioperative process to effectively and efficiently measure and manage patient temperature.

     

    References:
    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


The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System

  • 3M Bair Hugger patient warming blanket is a safe and effective way to warm surgical patients

    Bair Hugger Warming Blanket System

    Warming patients who are undergoing surgery is important, but it should not be complicated. The Bair Hugger warming blanket system has demonstrated, flexible temperature management solutions designed to make your job easier by helping you deliver optimal care while maintaining normothermia.

    Bair Hugger warming blanket system brochure (PDF, 706 KB)

    Bair Hugger warming blanket system products

  • 3M Bair Hugger patient warming gowns are a safe and effective way to warm surgical patients.

    Bair Hugger Warming Gown System

    Getting your patients safely through surgery and on their way home takes clinical expertise, along with a dose of warm, caring encouragement. The Bair Hugger warming gown system adds a unique dimension to patient warming, providing clinical and comfort warming options in a single patient gown..

    Bair Hugger gown system products

  • 3M Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system is a safe and effective method of measuring core body temperature in surgical patients.

    Bair Hugger Temperature Monitoring System

    The Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system eliminates the variation in temperature readings due to device accuracy or technique and provides an accurate, non-invasive temperature measuring method that can be used throughout the perioperative environment and in any type of anesthesia.

    Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system brochure (PDF, 1.22 MB)

    Bair Hugger temperature monitoring products


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Importance of normothermia

Why is normothermia important?

In the surgical environment, degrees matter. Maintaining a normal core body temperature, normothermia, is a crucial component of patient safety. Core temperatures outside the normal range pose a risk to all patients undergoing surgery and have been associated with an increased risk of surgical complications, including surgical site infections.


Why should I care about maintaining normothermia?

As a clinician, you want to provide the best care possible for your patients, and maintaining normothermia is one of the critical components that may help reduce the risk of surgical site infections, excessive blood loss and adverse cardiac events. It also minimizes patient discomfort caused by shivering.

As a patient, you deserve to be warmed during your surgical procedure. Maintaining normothermia leads to better outcomes and a quicker recovery – something everyone wants.

As a veterinarian, your animal patients are at risk for the same negative outcomes as human patients. And unlike human patients, our furry friends are unable to express their pain and discomfort, making warming even more important.


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