Unintended hypothermia is a serious and potentially dangerous surgical complication that is actually easily prevented. Prevention is most effective when the patient warming begins in pre-op.
Actively warming surgical patients with Bair Paws gowns before the induction of anesthesia – known as prewarming – is an effective way to help prevent intraoperative hypothermia.*Adapted from: Sessler DI. Perioperative heat balance. Anesthesiology. 2000; 92(2): 578-96.