Prevention of hypothermia in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation using the humigard (R) open surgery humidification system: a prospective randomized pilot and feasibility clinical trial
Laurence Weinberg, Andrew Huang, Daniel Alban, Robert Jones, David Story, Larry McNicol, Brett Pearce
BMC SURGERY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND: Perioperative thermal disturbances during orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) are common. We hypothesized that in patients undergoing OLT the use of a humidified high flow CO2 warming system maintains higher intraoperative temperatures when compared to standardized multimodal strategies to maintain thermoregulatory homeostasis. METHODS: We performed a randomized pilot study in adult patients undergoing primary OLT. Participants were randomized to receive either open wound humidification with a high flow CO2 warming system in addition to standard care (Humidification group) or to standard care alone (Control group). The primary end point was nasopharyngeal core temperature meas..View full abstract
The Department of Anaesthesia Research Fund at Austin Hospital funded this study.