Prevention of Inadvertent Perioperative Hypothermia
MedSun: Newsletter #27, August 2008

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority - Safety Advisory

Perioperative hypothermia may result in serious cardiac, coagulation, and wound-healing complications, especially among vulnerable pediatric and elderly patients. More than 50 reports have been submitted through PA-PSRS about patients experiencing perioperative hypothermia. Many reports involved hypothermia that was detected in the postanesthesia care unit. Only a few reports indicated that measures were in place to prevent hypothermia.

Additional Information:

Prevention of Inadvertent Perioperative Hypothermia. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority - Safety Advisory. June 2008.

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