The effects of peripheral and central warming on body temperature during canine laparotomy

Chemonges-Nielsen, S., Sommerlad, S. F. and Filippich, L. J. (2003) The effects of peripheral and central warming on body temperature during canine laparotomy. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 33 2: 50-56.

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Author Chemonges-Nielsen, S.
Sommerlad, S. F.
Filippich, L. J.
Title The effects of peripheral and central warming on body temperature during canine laparotomy
Journal name Australian Veterinary Practitioner   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-138X
ISBN 0310-138
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 50
End page 56
Total pages 7
Editor R.B. Atwell
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Aust. Small Animal Vet. Assoc.
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
300501 Veterinary Medicine
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract Actively warming patients during surgery is considered the best method of preventing inadvertent hypothermia due to multiple causes: anaesthetic depression of the hypothalamic thermoregulatory centre, cutaneous vasodilatation, reduction of heat production by skeletal muscles, cold intravenous fluid administration and heat loss from opened body cavities. To compare the effects of active peripheral skin warming and trunk warming on body temperature during surgery, 15 dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy were studied using a prospective randomised trial design. Dogs were randomised into two groups: one group was warmed by compress leg pads (n=7) on limbs and the other group by a circulating warm water mattress (n=8), applied to the trunk. The rectal, oesophageal and room temperatures and relative humidity were measured. The results showed that the compress leg pads (active peripheral warming) were significantly (P<0.008) less efficient than the warm water mattress in heat transfer during the first 60 minutes of surgery. The warm water mattress was also superior in maintaining constant intra-operative temperature. Compress leg pads can be used during laparotomies lasting less than an hour, and in procedures involving the trunk, where a warm water mattress may not be conveniently used. For longer procedures, reheating and replacement of the compress leg pads is recommended.
Keyword Body Temperature
Canine Laparotomy
Veterinary Sciences
Accidental Hypothermia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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