There is a steadily increasing need for temperature management.
70% of all surgical procedures require general anesthesia, and 64 % of those patients become hypothermic1
Guidelines require monitoring of patient temperature during anesthetic procedures where a change in body temperature are intended, anticipated, or suspected.
In the US alone, it is estimated that greater than 54 million procedures require the use of a temperature probe every year2,3
Patients in surgery are at risk when their temperature fluctuates.
Hypothermia is extremely common during surgery, but can also be life-threatening. Hypothermia can cause increased oxygen consumption, increased cardiac output, shivering and pain, increase in wound infection, delayed wound healing, and delayed discharge.
Hyperthermia happens less frequently and when it’s malignant it can be fatal. Hyperthermia can cause fever, dilated blood vessels, increased circulation, higher heart rate, pain, and significant medical interventions.
Temperature management complications create problems for patients, healthcare professionals, and hospitals.
Patients can experience severe complications during and after surgery, delay in recovery, and sometimes even death.
OR and PACU clinicians have enough going on already, having to take additional measures to treat hypothermia or hyperthermia creates an additional burden for them and the patient.
Hospitals experience increased costs, delayed patient discharge, and a decrease in patient satisfaction.
Standards and Guidelines
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that body temperature should be measured continuously in patients in whom a change is anticipated, intended, or suspected. This can be done by continuous electronic temperature measurement, if available.
The Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) recommends core temperature monitoring for all patients given general anesthesia lasting more than 30 minutes.
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recommends that every patient receiving anesthesia shall have temperature monitored when clinically significant changes in body temperature are intended, anticipated, or suspected.
Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) recommends that measures to monitor and maintain body temperature should begin in the preoperative phase and continue into the postoperative phase of the surgical procedure.
Our Temperature Management Solution
Our temperature monitoring products are made with patient care in mind and specifically designed with features that help reduce the risk device-related injury. Remember to monitor and protect every patient, every time with Starboard Medical’s temperature monitoring products.
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Manchikanti, Laxmaiah et al. “Ambulatory surgery centers and interventional techniques: a look at long-term survival.” Pain physician vol. 14,2 (2011): E177-215.
Surgery 2015-2017 Final Report . (2017, April). Retrieved September 09, 2020, from https://www.qualityforum.org/Publications/2017/04/Surgery_2015-2017_Final_Report.aspx