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Raising the temperature in the operating room to prevent hypothermia in burn patients has been a common practice for many years at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. But Sharon Valtman, BSN, RN, CNOR, a team leader in the operating room for 21 years, wondered if more could be done.
So last year she suggested to Richard Gamelli, MD, FACS, medical director of the hospital’s burn unit, that burn patients be warmed an hour or more before scheduled surgery, using a device formerly used only in the operating room. Called the Bair Hugger, the device carries warm air through a hose to a blanket draped over the patient.
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