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Traditional temperature-taking helps patients avoid hypothermia during surgery, says NICE

 

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Traditional temperature-taking helps patients avoid hypothermia during surgery, says NICE

Traditional under the tongue or armpit temperature-taking are among the recommended ways of monitoring a patient’s temperature to help avoid hypothermia during surgery, says NICE.

The updated guideline on preventing and managing hypothermia during surgery also says that some familiar methods of taking a patient’s temperature – such as infrared ear thermometers and forehead strips – should not be used to measure the temperature in adults before, during or after surgery.

The updated guideline gives advice on assessing patients’ risk of hypothermia, measuring and monitoring their temperature, and using devices for keeping patients warm before, during and after surgery.