Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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