Hypothermia on arrival in the intensive care unit after surgery.
Dharshi Karalapillai, David Story
Critical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine | Published : 2008
OBJECTIVE: Minimising perioperative hypothermia is a priority for anaesthetists. However, there are few studies of postoperative hypothermia in intensive care units. We tested the hypotheses that many patients arrive in the ICU with hypothermia and that patients are warmer after cardiac surgery than after non-cardiac surgery. METHODS: We undertook a prospective audit of the temperature of all patients who arrived in the ICU from the operating suite of a university-affiliated tertiary referral hospital between July and August 2006. Temperature was measured with infrared tympanic membrane thermometers. We compared arrival temperatures and proportion of patients with hypothermia (defined as tem..View full abstract