Hypothermia in the Postoperative Patient: Implications and Opportunities for Medical-Surgical Nurses

Hypothermia in the Postoperative Patient: Implications and Opportunities for Medical-Surgical Nurses

Identification: MSNJ2102
Issue: January-February 2021
Volume: Vol. 30/No. 1
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 02/28/2023
  • 1.30 - CH


Learning Outcome:
After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to recognize risks of surgical hypothermia to prevent and minimize its potentially serious effects.

Contact hours available until 2/28/23.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online NCPD evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this nursing continuing professional development article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:
This education activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, AMSN Education Director.


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Expired On: Feb 28, 2023

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Allison Weech
2/12/21 2:03 pm

subject matter was on point. Presenter was knowledgeable about the topic. Presentation was concise and informative. I appreciated the topic.

Tamara Koehling
2/22/21 2:11 pm

Great article as it applies to my everyday practice.

Jaime Kilmer
2/24/21 10:37 am

Great article and very informative

Debra Francois
4/8/21 1:41 pm

Currently, retired but still active in the community.

Doretha Bray
5/21/21 3:18 pm

The article identifies risks associated with hypothermia with post operative surgical patients and the use of different temperature devices or methods. I agree that inconsistent use of temperature devices poses risks for ruling out signs of infection. Thank you. This information has been valuable.

Ivory Pedral
7/17/21 4:31 pm

The experience of perioperative hypothermia significantly increases a patient’s risk for complications, including surgical-site infection, prolonged recovery, and increased risk of postoperative morbid cardiac events (Sessler, 2016; Torossian et al., 2015). Medical-surgical nurses have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the perioperative team to understand and address the persistent problem of perioperative hypothermia

Lucille Carmeli Lorea
8/18/21 12:52 am


Lorraine Sharpe
1/3/22 3:34 pm

Very interesting article and study. It allows you to realize how important an accurate detection, prevention, and treatment of surgical hypothermia is essential.

Alison Forsythe
6/23/22 12:30 pm

Very good article.

Alyssa Perez
6/27/22 12:48 pm

I did not realize perioperative hypothermia occurs in 50%-70% of all surgical patients.

Sandra Slonosky
8/22/22 8:07 pm

very informative

Anita Sompotan
12/28/22 5:06 am

We had been using thermal blankets post op and warming blankets in my hospital, but I never relate the relationship on prevention of post op complication with hypothermia until now!

Kisie Martin
1/5/23 10:09 pm

I enjoyed the article. I don't see patients straight from surgery anymore, but it was informative to have this information.

Van Bellew
2/11/23 2:44 pm

Definitely an opportunity for research and study and how it translates to the med-surg RNs on surgical units. We often look for hyperthermia for signs of infection but neglect the long effects of hypothermia from the operative phase.