Patient warming

Warming Update – Next steps in patient warming

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, February 17 2015Posted in: Patient warming

The prevalence of perioperative hypothermia and the potential dangers it poses to patient outcomes and health are well-known. The core body temperature drop that occurs with anaesthesia can have grave consequences. Helping to prevent these temperature drops, however, can make a difference. Awareness is growing about patient warming as a preventive measure, and taking the simple but crucial step of prewarming patients takes prevention a step further.

Mölnlycke Health Care periodically presents its Warming Update event, addressing temperature management and patient warming, focusing special attention on patient prewarming and stopping the initial temperature drop that can lead to potentially severe health consequences.

Featuring world-leading experts in the field, such as Drs Dan Sessler and Andrea Kurz from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr Johan Raeder from Oslo University Hospital and Dr Elke Van Gerven from University Hospitals Leuven, we have collected these resources here to give practitioners insights into how to improve their patient warming practices and determine whether patient warming can be done more efficiently.

Patient warming


Dr Dan Sessler
M.D., Department Chair, Outcomes Research, General Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio USA
Dr Sessler attended medical school at Columbia University, and subsequently completed pediatric and anesthesia residencies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently Michael Cudahy Professor and Chair of the Department of Outcomes Research at Cleveland Clinic. He founded and directs the Outcomes Research Consortium, anesthesia's largest and most productive clinical research organization.

Dr Johan Raeder
M.D., Clinical Anaesthesiologist, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Dr Raeder is a clinical anaesthesiologist working with ambulatory care and general intensive and trauma care at Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. He is also a professor in anaesthesiology at the University of Oslo.

Dr Karin Ganlöv
Dr Ganlöv is a board-certified specialist/consultant in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr Ganlöv received her qualifications at Lund University in Sweden. While actively practising, Dr Ganlöv worked as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon. She is the former medical director at Mölnlycke Health Care.

Further reading

Q&A transcript from Warming Update 2012

Warming Update 2012 article featuring interviews with Drs Dan Sessler, Johan Raeder and Elke Van Gerven.

Patient warming and prewarming


Dr Andrea Kurz
M.D., Associate Director of Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio USA
Dr Kurz trained at the University of Vienna and subsequently worked at several academic institutions in the United States and Europe. Her academic focus is outcomes research in perioperative medicine, with a focus on perioperative thermoregulation. She currently is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Outcomes Research in the Anesthesiology Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr Elke Van Gerven
M.D., University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
Dr Van Gerven is the associate head of the anaesthesiology department of UZ Leuven, Belgium. She teaches several courses on anaesthesia and intubation techniques and is also involved in several quality improvement initiatives.

Rune Larsson
Endurance athlete, Sweden
Rune Larsson is an endurance athlete and motivational speaker.


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