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Title: Postoperative hypothermia and patient outcomes after major elective non-cardiac surgery.
Austin Authors: Karalapillai, Dharshi ;Story, David A ;Hart, Graeme K ;Bailey, Michael;Pilcher, David V;Schneider, A ;Kaufman, M;Cooper, David James;Bellomo, Rinaldo 
Affiliation: Department of Anaesthesia, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2013
Publication information: Anaesthesia 2013; 68(6): 605-11
Abstract: Using a multicentre adult patient database from Australia and New Zealand, we obtained the lowest and highest temperature in the first 24 h after admission to the intensive care unit after elective non-cardiac surgery. Hypothermia was defined as core temperature < 36 °C; transient hypothermia as a temperature < 36 °C that was corrected within 24 h, and persistent hypothermia as hypothermia not corrected within 24 h. We studied 50,689 patients. Hypothermia occurred in 23,165 (46%) patients, was transient in 22,810 (45%), and was persistent in 608 (1.2%) patients. On multivariate analysis, neither transient (OR = 1.07, 95% CI 0.96-1.20) nor persistent (OR = 1.50. 95% CI 0.96-2.33) hypothermia was independently associated with increased hospital mortality.
Gov't Doc #: 23590448
DOI: 10.1111/anae.12129
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Body Temperature
Databases, Factual.statistics & numerical data
Middle Aged
New Zealand.epidemiology
Postoperative Complications.epidemiology.etiology
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Operative.adverse effects.statistics & numerical data
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