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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão On-line ISSN 1518-8345
POVEDA, Vanessa de Brito; MARTINEZ, Edson Zangiacomi e GALVAO, Cristina Maria. Active cutaneous warming systems to prevent intraoperative hypothermia: a systematic review. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp.183-191. ISSN 1518-8345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000100024.
This study analyzed the evidence available in the literature concerning the effectiveness of different active cutaneous warming systems to prevent intraoperative hypothermia. This is a systematic review with primary studies found in the following databases: CINAHL, EMBASE, Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials and Medline. The sample comprised 23 randomized controlled trials. There is evidence in the literature indicating that the circulating water garment system is the most effective in maintaining patient body temperature. These results can support nurses in the decision-making process concerning the implementation of effective measures to maintain normothermia, though the decision of health services concerning which system to choose should also take into account its cost-benefit status given the cost related to the acquisition of such systems.
Palavras-chave : Hypothermia; Technology; Perioperative Nursing.