Surgical Hypothermia

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Veterinary surgery is a huge part of most veterinary clinics. All veterinary clinics are aware of surgical complications and surgical hypothermia. On the infographic below you may see the path for heat loss in animals during surgeries, the main reasons for heat loss during surgeries and simple ways of preventing heat loss during surgeries.

All veterinary surgeries can be divided into 3 main categories: orthopedic surgeries (involving bones, joints, and muscle surgeries), soft tissue surgeries (involving the skin, the body cavities, the GI tract, the cardiovascular system, the urinary tract, the genital tract, and the respiratory system), and neurosurgery.

Most veterinary clinics perform minor surgeries like routine spays and neuters, mastectomies, mass excisions, exploratory surgeries, and simple orthopedics. There are specialized veterinary hospitals where you can find surgical veterinary specialists that can perform more complicated surgeries.

Being aware of surgical complications is very important for a successful surgery and positive outcome. One of those complications is surgical hypothermia or the loss of body heat during the time of surgery and in the recovery time.
Being prepared for the heat loss and being able to minimize the risk of losing body heat will prevent further surgical complications and faster recovery time.

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surgical hypothermia infographic

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