Thinking about surgery of small mammals and birds, I’ve been looking at the current evidence in the prevention of intra-operative and post-operative hypothermia. As we all know, small mammals and birds are prone to hypothermia during anaesthesia / surgery due to their small size. There are a number of different methods that can be used to minimise the risk of developing hypothermia during anaesthesia, but what evidence is available, and from the evidence, which methods should we be using in practice?
There are number of questions that come to mind:
- What are you doing in practice? - Do you have a standard protocol to keep your patients warm? - What methods of heat support do you use? - Are they the best method or is there something else that would work better? - Do you routinely monitor temperature throughout anaesthesia and during the post-operative period? - When did you last review your protocol?
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And also, if you want to find out more about hypothermia during anaesthesia and how to prevent it, then I found some open access articles that might be of use.