Warming Protocol to Prevent Perioperative Hypothermia

“Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia (IPH) frequently occurs in patients undergoing
general anesthesia (GA) in both the acute hospital and outpatient surgical settings. In Moola and
Lockwood’s study (2011), IPH was reported in 50% to 90% of all surgical cases. According to
the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (Wagner, 2010), hypothermia occurs when
the core body temperature reaches below 36° C or 96.8° F.”

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