3M Infection Prevention Solutions: OR Education (Module 4): The Importance of Maintaining Normothermia
1 CE hour
Unintended perioperative hypothermia has been called a frequent, but preventable complication of surgery; furthermore, it can have untoward effects on the patient already compromised by surgical intervention. Therefore, maintaining normothermia during the surgical experience is more than just a comfort measure; it a critical aspect of patient care for the perioperative nurse. There is a growing body of knowledge that supports the clinical benefits of maintaining normothermia throughout the patient’s surgical experience, starting with prewarming in the preoperative phase. This continuing education activity will review key clinical considerations related to unintended perioperative hypothermia and the importance of maintaining normothermia throughout the patient’s surgical experience
Audience: This module would be relevant for Perioperative Nurses and Infection Prevention Professionals.
Contact Hour: 1.0 hours
1. Explain how the body’s thermoregulation system works
2. Define unintended perioperative hypothermia
3. Identify adverse patient outcomes associated with unintended perioperative hypothermia
4. Identify areas where cost savings can be recognized by maintaining normothermia
5. Review the effectiveness of currently available warming modalities
Important Note: Only California Board of Nursing CE Credits are available at this time.
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