sensitive surgeries,” offers Brent Augustine, president of
Augustine Temperature Management.
Many of the technologies that were just discussed focus
on patient temperature management in the realm of either
fluid warming or blankets and coverings. However, this article would not be complete without some reference to forced
air heating approaches. They have been a heavily relied
upon pre-operative staple for quite some time.
The general consensus is that while these systems continue to offer positive benefits, their strength lies in pre- and
post-operative use. Additionally, the type of procedure and
the related nature of the surgical site needs to be considered
when weighing the use of any patient-centric care product
following surgery. As is typically the case, common sense
should offer the commensurate guidance for post-operative
care and guarding against potential sources of infection.
The number of factors and options for hospitals and
surgery centers continue to grow when assessing proper
patient warming approaches and investments. Guiding all
of these decisions should be a focus on what is best for the
patient and the unique nature of their procedure and care
needs. With this focus and the right amount of research,
the best choice for the patient and facility can always be
Fluid warming systems can help reduce patients’ risk
of hypothermia. Photo courtesy of Ecolab.
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