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External patient temperature control in emergency centres, trauma centres, intensive care units and operating theatres: A multi-society literature review

Timothy Craig Hardcastle, Melanie Stander, Nicola Kalafatis, R Eric Hodgson, Dean Gopalan

Abstract


Here we review the available literature supporting the routine and timely use of external patient warming devices of all possible types during emergency department and peri-operative situations, including the role of best ambient temperature, and provides a best-practice statement on the need for such devices. It aims to present a guideline document endorsed by the major South African professional societies in the field of emergency and peri-operative care.


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Timothy Craig Hardcastle, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; President of the Trauma Society of South Africa and Chair: Peer Review and Professional Practice Sub-committee, Association of Surgeons of South Africa

Melanie Stander, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University, Parow, Cape Town, South Africa; President of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa

Nicola Kalafatis, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Regional Chairperson for KwaZulu-Natal, Critical Care Society of Southern Africa

R Eric Hodgson, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Dean Gopalan, Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; South African Society of Anaesthesia

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Keywords

temperature control; best practice; devices; ambient air

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(9):609-611. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7327

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-07-31
Date published: 2013-08-06

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