E01-b Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Right; Achieving Term Newborn Thermoregulation in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) with the Use of Hypothermia Blankets
The purpose of this presentation is to describe how a quality improvement project incorporated an intervention, the hypothermia blanket, from another health service to achieve term newborn thermoregulation. The blanket was used during transfer of the mother and newborn from the operating room until discharge from the PACU. The process for using hypothermia blankets, along with current recommended practice will be reviewed. Benefits and limitations of the blankets will be discussed.
1. Review different types of heat loss and how they impact the newborn in the PACU.
2. Rate current strategies for maintaining thermoregulation in the newborn.
3. Describe the process for using the hypothermia blanket in the PACU.
Sue Hermann, MN, RN, IBCLC, PNC(C), CTDP, Advanced Practice Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada