Prevention of heat loss is at its most effective when several techniques are used simultaneously, however, all these studies included external heat sources, either heated humidification, or a heating blanket, or both. The combination of warmed iv fluids, use of a heat and moisture exchanger in a low flow circle system, and additional surface insulation was also effective, with core temperatures and stored body heat returning close to or above preoperative levels in group 4. A combination of techniques, all begun as early as possible, is advocated to minimize hypothermia.
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- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine