A 68yo male with a h/o CAD is now s/p hemicolectomy for cancer is awake
and extubated in the PACU, but his temperature is 34.4.
- What are the clinical consequences
of hypothermia? Acute and longterm? Anything particularly concerning
in this patient?
- What are the best ways to
prevent hypothermia intraoperatively?
- How should you treat it in
the PACU? At what level do you institute active treatment?
References: (note, all residents should have access to Anesthesiology
articles online if they receive the journal. Many other journals are
available with a USF account through MD Consult...just access it from the
departmental home page)
- Sessler D. Complications and treatment of mild
hypothermia. Anesthesiology 2001;95:531-543 (pdf. version)
Last updated 6/9/03
by Roy G. Soto, M.D.
2003, Roy G. Soto, M.D., and the University of South Florida College of Medicine,
Department of Anesthesiology