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Perioperative, local and systemic warming in surgical site infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Ousey, K, Edward, KL, Lui, S, Stephenson, J, Walker, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0267-416X, Duff, J ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0303 and Leaper, D 2017 , 'Perioperative, local and systemic warming in surgical site infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis' , Journal of Wound Care, vol. 26, no. 11 , pp. 614-624 , doi: 10.12968/jowc.2017.26.11.614.

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Objective:Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common cause of postoperative morbidity. Perioperative hypothermia may contribute to surgical complications including increased risk of SSI. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the effectiveness of active and passive perioperative warming interventions to prevent SSI was compared with standard (non-warming) care.Method:Ovid MEDLINE; Ovid EMBASE; EBSCO CINAHL Plus; The Cochrane Wounds Specialised Register, and The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched, with no restrictions on language, publication date or study setting for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and cluster RCTs. Adult patients undergoing elective or emergency surgery under general anaesthesia, receiving any active or passive warming intervention perioperatively were included. Selection, risk of bias assessment and data extraction were performed by two review authors, independently. Outcomes studied were SSI (primary outcome), inpatient mortality, hospital length of stay and pain (secondary outcomes).Results:We identified four studies, including 769 patients. The risk ratio (RR) for SSI in warming groups was 0.36 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.23, 0.56; pConclusion:This review provides evidence in favour of active warming to prevent SSI, but insufficient evidence of active warming to reduce length of hospital stay and mortality. Benefits of passive warming remain unclear and warrant further research.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ousey, K and Edward, KL and Lui, S and Stephenson, J and Walker, K and Duff, J and Leaper, D
Keywords: meta-analysis, perioperative, surgical site infection, systematic review, warming
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Wound Care
Publisher: MA Healthcare
ISSN: 0969-0700
DOI / ID Number: 10.12968/jowc.2017.26.11.614
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