During surgical procedures, anesthesia disrupts the body’s protective mechanisms which may result in unintended perioperative hypothermia. As all perioperative patients are at risk for hypothermia, it is critical for perioperative staff in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) to implement strategies to prevent unintended perioperative hypothermia. This program will discuss evidence-based recommendations for ASC nurses to apply in practice to maintain normothermia and reduce the risk of adverse patient outcomes.
- Explain how the body’s thermoregulation system works and how it is affected by anesthesia
- Recognize practices that can lead to unintended perioperative hypothermia
- Describe why prewarming along with intraoperative warming is beneficial in the prevention of unintended perioperative hypothermia
- Identify practice guidelines citing normothermia
- Develop a plan to help prevent unintended perioperative hypothermia in your practice
California Board of Registered Nursing
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019 for 1 contact hour.
Jenna Lindsay, BSN, RN
Global Clinical Applications Specialist