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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
CASTRO, Fernanda Salim Ferreira de; PENICHE, Aparecida de Cássia Giani; MENDOZA, Isabel Yovana Quispe and COUTO, Andréa Tamancoldi. Body temperature, Aldrete-Kroulik index, and patient discharge from the Post-Anesthetic Recovery Unit. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.4, pp.872-876. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000400013.
Patient discharge from post-anesthetic recovery (PAR) depends, among other factors, on normothermia and the patient's score on the Aldrete-Kroulik index. The objective of this study was to verify the relationship between the Aldrete-Kroulik index and body temperature in patients. This study was performed at the University of São Paulo University Hospital. Convenience sampling was used, and the sample consisted of 60 patients of ages between 18 and 60 years who underwent general anesthesia. The patients' body temperature was obtained by tympanic measurement, and the Aldrete-Kroulik index was measured on admission and at discharge from post-anesthetic recovery. The data were processed using SPSS, considering a significance level of 5%, and the Spearman and Wilcoxon tests were applied. In conclusion, no significant correlation was found between the two parameters for discharge.
Keywords : Hypothermia; Recovery Room; Patient discharge; Perioperative nursing.