Actively warming throughout the surgical journey is as important for animals as it is for humans.¹
Animals undergoing anesthesia will experience “vasodilation,” which allows periphery blood to mix with core blood. Often, periphery blood is colder than core blood, resulting in a decrease in core temperature.²
Although animals experience the greatest amount of heat loss immediately after induction and during the first 20 minutes of the surgery, heat loss begins immediately after pre-medication because sedatives and tranquilizers depress the hypothalamus (the “thermostat” of the animal). Experts suggest that active warming should begin immediately after pre-medication has been administered.³
Failing to actively warm animals during surgery can result in negative outcomes such as adverse cardiac events, an increase in blood loss, or impaired tissue perfusion, all of which could lead to an increase in surgical site infections.⁴
For your furry and feathery patients, 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System offers active warming solutions including 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Blankets, 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Units, 3M™ Ranger™ Blood and Fluid Warmers as well as 3M™ Ranger™ Irrigation Fluid Warmers.
3M™ Bair Hugger™ Blankets feature unique, flexible designs that provide safe and effective warming for your patients. A variety of designs are available to help you warm patients of all shapes and sizes. With Bair Hugger™ Brand therapy you don’t have to worry about leaky water mattresses caused by claw punctures.
1. J. I. Redondo, P. Suesta, I. Serra, C. Soler, G. Soler, L. Gil, R. J. Gomez-Villamandos. Retrospective study of the prevalence of postanaesthetic hypothermia in dogs. Veterinary Record, 2012; 171 (15): 374 DOI: 10.1136/vr.100476
2. E. M. Mazzaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomatic ACVESS. Warming the Patient. Clinicians Brief.com, August 2007.
3. E. M. Mazzaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomatic ACVESS. Warming the Patient. Clinicians Brief.com, August 2007.
4. C. Byers. Cold Critters: Understanding Hypothermia. Veterinary Medicine.dvm360.com., February 2012
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