Menoufia University, Egypt
Title: The effect of perioperative warming measures for major abdominal surgery on postoperative hypothermia
Biography: Amal El-Sayed Shehata
Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the effect of perioperative warming measures for major abdominal surgery on postoperative hypothermia.
Setting: The current study was conducted in operating room at Emergency Hospital of Menoufia University, Menoufia Governorate.
Subjects: A purposive sample consists of 100 adult patients undergoing major abdominal surgery were randomly divided and assigned alternatively into two equal groups; 50 for each group.
Tools: Three tools were used for data collection. Structured interview questionnaire, knowledge assessment sheet, perioperative assessment sheet, and shivering scale.
Results: There was a highly significant difference between study and control groups regarding mean perioperative temperature at all times of interval of measurements p<0.001. Also there was a highly significant difference between study and control groups concerning postoperative shivering P<0.001.
Conclusions: Usage of perioperative warming measures for major abdominal surgery has a positive effect on the prevention of postoperative hypothermia and shivering.
Recommendations: All staff of surgical nurses should be encouraged to be familiar with perioperative warming measures and use these measures in order to maintain perioperative normothermia and prevent postoperative hypothermia.