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Aggressive warming during non-cardiac surgery fails to reduce major complications


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The Lancet
Reuters Health - 15/04/2022 - There appears to be no benefit to aggressively warming patients to 37 C during major non-cardiac surgery, according to results of the PROTECT study. "It is simply unnecessary, and it doesn't improve any substantive outcomes," lead investigator Dr. Daniel Sessler of Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, says in a news release. The study results were presented at the American College of Cardiology 2022 Scientific Session and simultaneously published in The Lancet. During surgery, body temperature generally decreases and forced-air heaters are often used to keep patients warm during the procedure, with a target temperature of 36 C. The PROTECT trial sought to determine whether more aggressive warming of patients to 37 C would reduce the risk of cardiac complications, which are a leading cause of death in the first month following major surgery. The findings are based on 5,013 adults who had various types of major non-cardiac surgery...


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