Brainstorm: Temperature Monitoring
Maintaining adequate surgical patient temperature is imperative to a positive outcome. Here, Craig Fernandes, Director of Acute Care Marketing for DeRoyal discusses the importance of temperature monitoring in both pre- and post- surgical procedure areas.
July 19, 2010
Temperature monitoring has become a required standard both pre- and post-procedure from a patient safety and a reimbursement perspective. The main area that is often overlooked is temperature equipment in the ER, ICU and post-op areas where the patient is conscious and still requires a core body temperature measurement.
General purpose probes that are used to measure patient temperature in these areas typically are inserted rectally, are often uncomfortable for the patient and often fall out.
Nasal temperature probes are now available that are short and soft for atraumatic insertion into the nose with a flat flexible cord that can be taped down out of the way. This is a more comfortable way for patients to have temperature taken when conscious and hospitals still have an accurate solution to stay in compliance.