Research has shown perioperative hypothermia increases the rate of surgical site infections and other complications. However, operating room thermostats often dip below 65F to help keep the staff cool and comfortable during stressful and often physically strenuous procedures. Despite widespread use of body warmers, patients continue to experience hypothermia on the operating table.
Wristify technology by embr labs offers a promising solution to a chronic problem. How do we maintain a patient’s core body temperature while allowing the staff to function comfortably and efficiently?
We propose the use of Wristify devices by surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses to allow the room temperature to be adjusted primarily for the patient and not to the surgeon (who may be sweating bullets)!
We would monitor the patient’s temperature before, during and at the end of surgery to learn if Wristify can improve staff comfort and patient safety.
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