Are your patients warm enough during surgery?
According to a study done at the Cleveland Clinic, patients who are warmed using forced air warming may have their body temperatures elevated by the end of their surgery, but some still show signs of hypothermia during surgery.
According to the results presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, nearly all patients were at 36°C or higher at the end of surgery, but that hypothermia was surprisingly common during surgery.
Here are some stats from the study:
- 29% of the patients were less than 35.5°C at some point during surgery.
- Nearly half of the patients had continuous core temperatures below 36°C for more than an hour, and 20% were below 35.5°C for more than an hour.
- 20% of patients had continuous core temperatures below 36°C for more than 2 hours, and 8% were below 35.5°C for more than 2 hours.
Warmed blankets and fluids are effective and reliable methods for maintaining normothermia in patients. Using these methods rather than forced air warming keeps patients warm and cut down on potential contamination seen in forced air warming.
Reducing the risks for surgical site infections through patient warming can mean a faster recover time for your patients; which will in turn, increase your reputation for quality care.
Does Your Facility Need a Warming Cabinet?
Our FHC warming cabinets are designed to heat:
- Liquid in vented containers
- Liquid in non-vented containers to max 150°F
- Metal objects
- Muslin or cotton sheets and wool blankets
- Glass containers – must be annealed/borosilicate glass
- Plastic containers must be rated Thermal capable of withstanding temperatures in excess of 300°F
FHC offers a full line of top quality customizable single, double or triple warming cabinets with a variety of features and options you can’t beat! Some of our options include Touch Screen Control, Built-in Ethernet, Temperature recorder, and solution baskets. Manufactured of the highest quality all of our warming cabinets undergo stringent testing procedures to assure a long life and accurate temperature settings.
Future Health Concepts understands how vital this equipment is for your hospital or surgery center and guarantees our products with a one-year labor and five-year parts warranty.
Check them out on our webpage, or give us a call at 888-282-8644 and see if we meet your specifications.