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Percent of patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery

Description of Measure

This measure shows the percent of patients whose body temperature was normal or near normal during the time period 30 minutes before the end of surgery to 15 minutes after anesthesia ended.Higher percentages are better.

Why is this Important?

Hospitals can prevent surgical wound infections and other complications by keeping the patient’s body temperature near normal during surgery. Medical research has shown that patients whose body temperatures drop during surgery have a greater risk of infection and their wounds may not heal as quickly. Hospital staff should make sure that patients are actively warmed during and immediately after surgery to prevent drops in body temperature.

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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharges from 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013

 

 

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