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2019 Dec 20

JMIR Res Protoc



Normothermic Insufflation to Prevent Perioperative Hypothermia and Improve Quality of Recovery in Elective Colectomy Patients: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.


Ryczek E, White J, Poole R L, Reeves N L, Torkington J, Carolan-Rees G
JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Dec 20; 8(12):e14533.
PMID: 31859685.


Perioperative hypothermia during laparoscopy for bowel resection is a risk factor for postoperative medical complications and surgical wound infections. Despite various warming methods used during surgery, a significant number of patients experience perioperative hypothermia. Use of dry, unwarmed insufflation carbon dioxide (CO) during laparoscopic procedures may contribute to this problem. Evidence exists that the HumiGard device, which humidifies and heats CO for insufflation, can reduce the risk of perioperative hypothermia.