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Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room


Some surgical wound infections and other complications can be prevented 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 a patient's bod temperature from dropping. This measure shows the percentage of patients whose body temperature was normal or near normal during the time period 15 minutes before the end of surgery and 30 minutes after surgical anesthesia ended.

October 2011 - September 2012 data

For the above graph: Higher ↑ performance is better.

Results over time

For the above graph: Higher ↑ performance is better.

More surgical care measurements 

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