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How Much Do You Know About Hypothermia?
The risks go well beyond low scores on patient satisfaction surveys.
Theresa Criscitelli
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
warming a patient HOT TOPIC Warmed patients leave your facility happier and healthier.

Warm patients are happy patients, but they're also protected from potentially dangerous complications that can occur when the core body temperature dips below 36 ?C. Quiz yourself on the dangers of hypothermia to ensure you're doing all you can to keep patients safe before, during and after surgery.

The first hour of general anesthesia drops the body's core temperature by roughly __________.

a. 0.5 ?C to 1.0 ?Cc. 1.6 ?C to 2.0 ?C
b. 1.0 ?C to 1.6 ?Cd. 2.0 ?C to 2.6 ?C

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What percentage of patients are hypothermic when entering the PACU?

a. 25%c. 50%
b. 35%d. 75%

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Patients who are hypothermic during colorectal surgery are 3 times as likely to suffer a surgical site infection.

a. trueb. false

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Drug metabolism is affected when the body's core temperature drops by __________.

a. 1.0 ?Cc. 3.0 ?C
b. 2.0 ?Cd. 4.0 ?C

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A 2.0 ?C drop in core body temperature can increase blood loss by _________.

a. 100 mlc. 400 ml
b. 250 mld. 500 ml

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The hoses of forced-air warming units can be used without attaching them to a custom gown or blanket, as long as the patient is closely monitored.

a. trueb. false

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Initial ambient OR temperature should be set no lower than ______ to limit hypothermia risk.

a. 73 ?Fc. 70 ?F
b. 72 ?Fd. 68 ?F

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Blanket warming units should be set no higher than _________.

a. 110 ?Fc. 130 ?F
b. 120 ?Fd. 140 ?F

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maintain patient temperature EVERY BIT HELPS Keep patients covered during surgery and maintain a comfortable ambient OR temperature.

Active warming should be used during cases lasting longer than _________.

a. 30 minutes
b. 45 minutes
c. 60 minutes
d. 90 minutes

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