Use of warm Touch™ for intraoperative hypothermia

Masanori Yamauchi, Noriaki Kanaya, Kayoko Okazaki, Asuka Kita, Akiyoshi Namiki

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A 63-year old man was scheduled for nephrectomy and cholecystectomy. Anesthesia was maintained by oxygen-nitrous oxide-isoflurane (0.5-1 %) and epidural anesthesia. Operation was performed with the patient on left decubitus position. At this time, rectal temperature as his core temperature was 35.8 °C. Active warming with electrical warming mattress was started and the room temperature was maintained at 25 °C during the operation. Thirty minutes after the abdominal incision, rectal temperature decreased to 34.5°C. Active warming was started with forced-air warming system (Warm Touch™, Mallinckrodt Medical Co.) on his upper body. Ten minutes after warming, his body temperatures were restored gradually. Three hours after using Warm Touch™, rectal temperature recovered to 36.1 °C. The intraoperative course was uneventful. At the end of the operation, the patient showed no shivering and general condition was good. In this case, Warm Touch™ is useful to restore body temperature against intraoperative hypothermia during abdominal surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875
Number of pages1
JournalJapanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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