Chat on Patient Warming
Experts review the changes in temperature management.
The challenge of temperature
management has been met with an
overwhelming response of new products,
including forced air warmers; warming
mattresses and blankets; and warming
cabinets for blankets and fluids. Surgical
Products connected with suppliers
to figure out how surgical teams can
continue keeping patients safe as new
technology is being released.
The viewpoints expressed
by suppliers are their own and
not shared by Surgical Products.
SP: Has the healthcare
marketplace elevated the
importance of temperature
Mary Pellegrom, director of marketing
at EcoLab: A common question from
clinicians is when to use an irrigation
fluid warming system. OR staff should
consider a fluid warming system for
any surgery requiring a liter or more
of saline for irrigation. According
to the Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN) and
American Society of PeriAnesthesia
Nurses (ASPAN), the use of warm
irrigation fluid should be considered
during surgery to help maintain patient
normothermia. AORN also states that
irrigation fluids should be at a known
temperature at the time of installation
in its 2014 guidelines.
By Rebecca Rudolph, editor
For more, see page 26
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Matthew Rotterman, vice president of
sales at Enthermics Medical Systems:
Yes, with an increased focus being
placed on avoiding hypothermia,
clinicians are taking greater steps to
avoid it. Some steps include: providing
warm fluids and warm blankets and
using wearable warming garments.
Avoiding hypothermia during surgery
can reduce the risk for surgical site
infections by up to 66 percent, which
leads to increased clinical outcomes
in a greater overall patient experience.
Helping to drive compliance is the fact
that Medicare reimbursements are tied
to clinical outcomes, and temperature
management is one of the areas that is