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date: 23 September 2021

Overview 256

Vulnerable patient groups 257

Warming devices and techniques 258

The skin maintains the body’s normothermic state that is at a temperature of 37°C. As the body temperature increases, the peripheral blood vessels dilate allowing more blood to circulate near the surface. If the body temperature drops then the body will attempt to self-regulate by decreasing the flow of blood near to the surface to conserve internal heat. The loss of heat or the ability to produce heat may directly affect the patient’s physiological response to surgery. During surgery the loss of heat is primarily the result of ...

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