Infection Control & Infection Prevention
Maintaining Normothermia During Hip and Knee Arthroplasty #5077 (1.00 CH)
Normothermia during surgery is essential to reduce risks and complications of hypothermia. However, maintaining normothermia for patients in the OR is often challenging. Intraoperatively, surgical lights, surgical gowns, hoods, and set room temperatures may affect the efficiency of the surgical team. Creating balance between patient normothermia and the surgical team’s comfort is paramount. The purpose of this presentation is to share the findings of a quality improvement initiative in our 637 bed hospital that standardized ambient room temperature while maintaining normothermia in hip and knee arthroplasty patients by combining active and passive warming techniques.