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Basic Patient Monitoring For Anesthesia Temperature Monitors. Dr. Jeffrey Elliot Field HBSc , D.D.S. , Diplomat of the National dental Board of Anesthesia, Fellow of The American Dental Society of Anesthesia. How They Work.

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basic patient monitoring for anesthesia temperature monitors

Basic Patient Monitoring For AnesthesiaTemperature Monitors

Dr. Jeffrey Elliot Field

HBSc, D.D.S. , Diplomat of the National dental Board of Anesthesia,

Fellow of The American Dental Society of Anesthesia

how they work
How They Work
  • A probe containing a thermocouple or thermistor is placed in the on the skin.
  • The probe is connected to a small amplifier box which displays the temperature.
  • In sedation patients it is usually taped to the abdomen.
what does it tell us
WHAT DOES IT TELL US?

Patients temperature is important as hypothermia can be a cause of delayed recovery from anesthesia/sedation.

Body temperature can be maintained in sedated patients with blankets.

Water recirculating blankets and warm air re-circulators ( bair hugger) are used in operating theatres.

Because there is a decreased risk of burns with warm air re-circulators ( bair hugger), these are the most common means of maintaining normothermia in the OR. These however is very costly and not necessary for a sedation practice.

normal temperature v alues
Normal Temperature Values
  • Normothermia is defined as core temperature of 36° Celsius or 96.8°F.
  • In the general anesthetic world core temperature can fall as much as 1.6° Celsius within the first hour following induction.
  • In the sedated patient the core temperature can also fall but not the same degree as with general anesthesia.
  • As stated earlier in sedation we monitor skin temperature as opposed core temperature and therefore we look at changes from baseline readings to assess normothermia.
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