Warming patients in the recovery room.

  1. Hi everybody!

    I need documentation on the use of warming ceiling for recovery patients. Specifcally info about when not to put the heat on (so to speak), along with normal procedures is of interest. All other kinds of experience on this matter will also be thankfully regarded precious.
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  3. by   JUDY RN CPAN
    We use in our recovery, cotten blankets or if not sufficient we use a device called a Bair Hugger. Prevention in the OR to some degree would be the most desireable method
  4. by   elizadream
    Quote from hakan97
    Hi everybody!

    I need documentation on the use of warming ceiling for recovery patients. Specifcally info about when not to put the heat on (so to speak), along with normal procedures is of interest. All other kinds of experience on this matter will also be thankfully regarded precious.

    Hello,
    When we receive a pt from PACU (or ER) we immediately take vital signs and if their temp is <96 F we put a BAIR Hugger Warming blanket on them.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    (Yes, i know, old thread, however, modern issue)

    Prevention in the OR to some degree would be the most desireable method

    We use Bair Huggers.


    Links for info:
    www.arizant.com/arizanthealthcare/faw_units.shtml

    www.arizant.com/arizanthealthcare/faw_blankets.shtml
  6. by   suzanne4
    The first issue to concern yourself is what procedure did the patient have done to begin with? Soem require completely different methods, example, some neuro cases are intentionally cooled down and you do not want to rewarm that quickly.

    And there is some new literature about keeping the patient cooler for longer period of time.
  7. by   heysmalls
    We use Bair huggers also. Seems to do the trick.
  8. by   Floridanurse
    Contact AORN. I do not have it now, but I used to work in an OR that instituted that any patient that was to have a surgery more than an hour was to start being warmed in holding with a Bair Hugger. I am sure the Bair Hugger company can help too. It supposedly cuts down on infection rates.

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