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Perioperative Care

Maintenance of Normothermia

Intraoperative core temperature patterns, transfusion requirement, and hospital duration in patients warmed with forced air.

Sun Z, Honar H, Sessler DI, Dalton JE, Yang D, Panjasawatwong K, Deroee AF, Salmasi V, Saager L, Kurz A.

Source‎: Anesthesiology 2015 Feb;122(2):276-85.

Indexed‎: PubMed 25603202

DOI‎: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000000551

Mild hypothermia increases blood loss and transfusion requirements during total hip arthroplasty.

Schmied H, Kurz A, Sessler DI, Kozek S, Reiter A.

Source‎: Lancet 1996;347(8997):289-92.

Indexed‎: PubMed 8569362

Effectiveness of strategies for the management and/or prevention of hypothermia within the adult perioperative environment.

Moola S, Lockwood C.

Source‎: Int J Evid Based Healthc 2011;9(4):337-45.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22093385

DOI‎: 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2011.00227.x

The effects of mild perioperative hypothermia on blood loss and transfusion requirement.

Rajagopalan S, Mascha E, Na J, Sessler DI.

Source‎: Anesthesiology 2008;108(1):71-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 18156884

Randomized clinical trial of perioperative systemic warming in major elective abdominal surgery.

Wong PF, Kumar S, Bohra A, Whetter D, Leaper DJ.

Source‎: Br J Surg 2007;94(4):421-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 17380549

A systematic review of intraoperative warming to prevent postoperative complications.

Scott EM, Buckland R.

Source‎: AORN J 2006;83(5):1090-104, 1107-13.

Indexed‎: PubMed 16722286

Influence of body core temperature on blood loss and transfusion requirements during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: A comparison of 3 warming systems.

Hofer CK, Worn M, Tavakoli R, Sander L, Maloigne M, Klaghofer R, Zollinger A.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005;129(4):838-43.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15821652

Aggressive warming reduces blood loss during hip arthroplasty.

Winkler M, Akça O, Birkenberg B, Hetz H, Scheck T, Arkiliç CF, Kabon B, Marker E, Grübl A, Czepan R, Greher M, Goll V, Gottsauner-Wolf F, Kurz A, Sessler DI.

Source‎: Anesth Analg 2000;91(4):978-84.

Indexed‎: PubMed 11004060

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