Quote from chenoaspirit
I found this website of a physician stating that the IS will decrease a temp. Im still researching to find more info. I think its an unlabelled use. Not sure of the mechanics behind it though. Thanks guys for your responses. And to the response of cause/effect- you have to look at the correlation values. If anyone finds any info, please let me know.
The link you provided was to a patient information flyer explaining what to expect during his/her hospital stay. The way the I/S is explained is:
"To promote complete lung expansion and prevent respiratory complications, which will affect the body temperature".
What he is saying to the lay person (the patient) is that if you develop a respiratory complication (infection) such as pneumonia you will have an increased temperature, so be sure to use the I/S to promote the lung expansion so you won't be prone to those respiratory complications. He is not asserting that the I/S is used to decrease a temperature.
Also, I don't know what you mean by "And to the response of cause and effect, you have to look at the correlation values".
Saying that I/S use decreases a temperature is no different than saying that if you deep breath every hour x 10, you won't have an infection. It is nonsensical. Nursing is suppose to be evidence based so the anecdotal stories don't carry too much weight to them.