The Effect of Patient Warming During Caesarean Delivery on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes: A Meta-analysis

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(Br J Anaesth. 2016;117(5):676)

In this correspondence, the author addressed a few points regarding Sultan and colleagues’ article, which discussed the efficacy of actively warming patients during elective cesarean delivery. The Sultan article highlighted aggressive warming of parturients during cesarean section either with warmed intravenous fluid or warming blankets to provide comfort and prevent neuraxial blockade-related shivering. Warming patients not only improves a patient’s comfort, but also may avoid hypothermia-related complications such as bleeding, coagulopathy, myocardial arrhythmias or ischemia, and impaired wound healing. Sultan and colleagues’ article reported that maternal warming was not associated with a warmer neonate compared with parturients who were not warmed aggressively.

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