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.
Hypothermia is classed as the body temperature dropping below 36.0°C – if this happens during surgery it can lead to the patient losing more blood, more chance of heart problems, and slower healing. Normal body temperature is typically in a range between 36.5ºC and 37.5ºC.
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