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Anesth Prog. 2010 Spring;57(1):25-32; quiz 33-4. doi: 10.2344/0003-3006-57.1.25.

Thermoregulation: physiological and clinical considerations during sedation and general anesthesia.

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MDiaz@Facialsurg.cc

Abstract

Mild hypothermia is common during deep sedation or general anesthesia and is frequently associated with patient discomfort and shivering. Greater declines in temperature can produce an even greater number of significant detrimental effects. This article reviews principles of thermoregulation and influences of anesthetic agents. An understanding of these will provide a foundation for strategies to reduce heat loss and better manage patient discomfort when it occurs.

PMID:
20331336
PMCID:
PMC2844235
DOI:
10.2344/0003-3006-57.1.25
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