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Patient Warming Solutions for Trauma
All trauma patients are at risk of developing hypothermia and research has shown that up to 66% of trauma patients become hypothermic.
All trauma patients are at risk of developing hypothermia1 and research has shown that up to 66% of trauma patients become hypothermic2. Hypothermia is a well-recognised and life threatening consequence of injury that can increase costs, morbidity, mortality and length of hospital stay.3
Patient exposure during assessment and resuscitation leads to heat loss, which can lead to a decreased core temperature and unintended hypothermia. A decline in core body temperature during assessment is common and can contribute to adverse clinical events and poor outcomes.
Patients require warming during assessment and resuscitation.4 Passive warming techniques have proven ineffective or obstructive during assessment.5 Active modalities such as over-the-body forced-air warming systems, while effective, also can be obstructive during assessment because the warming device is repeatedly moved to gain access to the patient.6
Flexible Warming with Unrestricted Access to the Patient
The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Therapy Full Access Underbody Blanket (model 635) provides a flexible warming sol ution with unrestricted access to the patient. The clinical flexibility of the Full Access blanket allows the patient to be warmed during assessment and/or resuscitation.
Find out more about the Bair Hugger full access underbody blanket
1 Peitzman, A et al (2002), The Trauma Manual 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp. 363-393, 404-410, 419.
2 Soreide, E, Smith, C, (2005), Hypothermia in Trauma Victims, ASA Newsletter, Nov, Vol.
3 Tsuei BJ, Kearney PA, (2004), Hypothermia in the trauma patient. Injury, Vol. 35, pp. 7-15
4 Peitzman, A et al (2002), The Trauma Manual 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp. 363-393, 404-410, 419.
5 Smith C, Yamat, R, (2000), Avoiding hypothermia in the trauma patient, Anesthesiology, Vol, 13, pp. 167-174
6 C, Yamat, R, (2000), Avoiding hypothermia in the trauma patient, Anesthesiology, Vol, 13, pp. 167-174