Project: Heat conservation measures from the patients and the team in the operating theaters point of view during the perioperative period

Project: Heat conservation measures from the patients and the team in the operating theaters point of view during the perioperative period

There are recommendations about how to maintain patient´s normal body temperature by using passive and active warming (heat conservation measures, HCM) during the perioperative period. This project describe if the patients got HCM, What is the patients lived experiences of HCM, How does the nurse anesthetist looks at HCM and what is the team in the operating theaters experience of HCM.

Project manager
Ingrid Gustafsson
Other project members
Mikael Rask, Carina Elmqvist, Linnéuniversitetet, Kristina Schildmeijer, Linnéuniversitetet
Participating organizations
Linnéuniversitetet
Financier
Linnéuniversitetet
Timetable
2015-2020
Subject
Health and Caring Sciences (Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

Sciences in decades have explored what perioperative hypothermia is, it´s complications and how to prevent it. In 2008 and 2009 Sweden released recommendations how to maintain the patients normal body temperature. This was the begining of the project; Heat conservation measures from the patients and the team in the operating theaters point of view during the perioperative period.

The first study is a national survey of the nurse anesthetist´s access to, knowledge and adherence with Sweden's recommendations to maintain the patient's normal temperature during the perioperative period. It shows that it is a high access, that a majority of the nurse anesthetists have knowledge and that it is a low level of adherence, which means that there are many patients who do not get what recommended.

Study two is done by interviews aimed to identifying how patients lived experience the heat conservation measures (passive and active warming) during the perioperative period. The preliminary result indicates that heat are experienced as a sense of calmness and security that they describe as being embraced and that it feels like a home feeling.

The plan of study three and four is to interview nurse anesthetist and team in the operating theater about their perception and experience of heat conservation measures during the perioperative period.

The project is part of the research in the CISA research group