Hyphotermia Prevention

Hypothermia Prevention


    Patient Warming Solutions
    A Normothermic Patient is a Safer, Happier, Less Expensive Patient


    Unintended hypothermia is easily preventable. Studies show that warming patients by maintaining a core temperature of 36ºC or higher, helps to improve outcomes by reducing the frequency of complications often associated with inadvertent hypothermia. The consequences of hypothermia include higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays and an increased rate of wound infection.1-6 3M is dedicated to providing patient warming solutions that help to enhance patient recovery. Contact us now to find out how 3M can help your organisation to achieve its patient warming goals.


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Helping you make the right choice for your patient

  • Own the Zone
    Own the Zone

    Discover how clinicians can confidently and proactively Own the Zone, by monitoring and maintaining the patient’s core body temperature between 36.0°C to 37.5°C, from the time the patient enters the pre-operative area until the moment they are discharged from recovery.

  • Why Bair Hugger?
    Why Bair Hugger?

    A trusted, proven solution - we’ve been helping clinicians maintain normothermia in surgical patients for over 30 years, with unrivalled clinical evidence to support the use of Bair Hugger patient warming solutions. Products you can depend on, for the patients who depend on you. Because every patient is part of our family.

  • What's new
    What’s New?

    At 3M, we provide more than products, we work as a partner with healthcare professionals, providing high quality research and educational tools to help you choose the right solution to maintain normothermia for your surgical patients. Explore and download the latest resources here.

The importance of hypothermia prevention

  • Pre-operative care
    Pre-operative care

    Published guidelines recommend starting forced-air warming pre-operatively on the ward or in the emergency department, and maintaining forced-air warming throughout the intra-operative phase.2 Pre-warming patients for just 10 to 20 minutes prior to general anaesthesia adds to the total heat content of your patient's body, helping prevent perioperative hypothermia and reduce postoperative shivering.3

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  • Intra-Operative care
    Intra-Operative care

    All surgical patients, regardless of age, weight or other factors, undergoing general or regional anaesthesia are susceptible to Redistribution Temperature Drop (RTD). Research shows that core body temperature drops up to 1.6°C in the first hour following the induction of general anaesthesia,1 increasing the risk of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia and its associated complications2,4.

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  • Post-Operative care
    Post-Operative care

    NICE recommends that patients should be actively warmed using forced air warming until they are discharged from the recovery room or are comfortably warm2. Avoiding hypothermia and vasoconstriction after surgery leads to minimised wound hypoxia, and promotes wound healing and resistance to infection. Hypothermic patients also experience longer recovery timers than normothermic ones.5

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3M Patient Warming solutions

  • 3M Bair Paws™ System
    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Patient Adjustable Warming Gown System

    Forced air warming gowns

    Bair Hugger warming gowns offer both comfort and clinical warming options throughout the perioperative process in one convenient product. Used in place of a traditional cotton gown, the patient can control the air temperature, to stay warm and comfortable on the ward. The gown can also be used in a clinical setting with warming devices in the operating room and in recovery.

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  • 3M Bair Hugger™ Therapy
    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Blanket System

    Forced air warming blankets

    Over 170 clinical studies have been published on the effectiveness of forced air warming, most of which were conducted using the Bair Hugger system. We have a patient warming blanket for every surgical position, every procedure and every patient. With over 30 years of clinical experience and 300 million patients warmed to date, we provide a trusted proven solution to support patient recovery.

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  • 3M Ranger™ Systems
    3M™ Ranger™ Blood/Fluid Warming System

    Blood/fluid warming and Irrigation warming

    The Ranger™ Blood and Fluid Warming System with SmartHeat™ technology adapts to virtually any fluid warming need, from KVO (keep vein open) to in excess of 30 litres per hour. A variety of disposable sets mean that your fluid warming needs are always available, including paediatric, standard and high flow sets. We also have a range of irrigation warming sets available.

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    3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System

    Temperature monitoring system

    The Bair Hugger temperature monitoring system is a non-invasive, accurate core temperature monitoring system that continuously measures the patient’s core temperature with an affordable single-use sensor, providing standardisation with one consistent temperature monitoring method throughout the perioperative process.

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3M is dedicated to helping to reduce hypothermia in hospitals, while also increasing efficiency, effectiveness and patient comfort. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help your organisation.


    1. Sessler D.I. (1997) Current concepts: mild perioperative hypothermia. New England Journal of Medicine, No. 336, Vol. 24, pp. 1730-1737.
    2. National Institute of Clinical Guidance – Clinical Guideline 65 – Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia –The management of inadvert perioperative hypothermia in adults
    3. Horn, E.P. Bein, M.D. (2011), Prophylaxis of Perioperative Hypothermia in Patients undergoing general anaesthesia by short time pre-warming. Anaesthesiology.
    4. Kurz A, Sessler DI, Lenhardt R. Perioperative normothermia to reduce the incidence of surgical-wound infection and shorten hospitalization. Study of Wound Infection and Temperature Group. N Engl J Med 1996; 334: 1209-1215 Flores-Maldonado A, Medina-Escobedo CE, Rios-Rodriguez HM, Fernandez-Dominguez (2001) Mild perioperative hypothermia and the risk of wound infection. Arch Med Res 32:227-231
    5. Tülsner, J. Zentrale Aufnahme/Zentrum, für ambulante und Kurzzeitchirurgie, Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH, Neuruppium. Case report, 2010, Arizant Healthcare Inc.

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