Ambient intraoperative OR temperature had a negligible effect on core temperature when patients were warmed with forced air in this study. The effect was larger when patients were passively insulated, but the magnitude remained small.
A total of 292 adult patients were randomized to ambient temperatures 19º, 21º, or 23º C, and to passive insulation or forced-air warming.
Final core temperature at the end of surgery increased 0.13º C per degree increase in ambient temperature with passive insulation, but was unaffected by ambient temperature during forced-air warming.
The researchers concluded that ambient temperature in the OR can be set to comfortable levels for staff in cases when patients are actively warmed.Read More >>