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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 56 P A T I E N T W A R M I N G longer policy might be faulty, however, as studies have shown that core hypothermia WARMING TRENDS can develop quickly in Reader Survey on Patient Warming the hour immediately Warming Modality* Survey Says Cotton blanket pre-warmed with a blanket warmer 87.5% Forced-air warming blanket 77.8% Forced-air warming gown 27.3% Underbody warming† 18.1% Conductive fabric electric heating 3.7% Radiant warming device 3.2% Heat-reflective blankets, gowns and caps 1.4% * Survey respondents could check more than 1 response. † Thermal mattress or bed pad on which the patient lies after the induction of anesthesia. In the first hour of anesthesia, an unwarmed surgical patient's core temperature can drop rapidly as anesthesia-induced vasodilation lets warmer blood from the core flow freely and mix with the cooler blood in the periphery. As the blood circulates, it cools until returning back to the heart, where it causes a drop in the core temperature. 5 6 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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