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We are on a mission to reduce the risk of perioperative hypothermia complications

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.1-5 3M is dedicated to providing patient warming solutions that help to enhance patient recovery.

Contact us to find out how 3M can help your organisation to achieve its patient warming goals.

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    Innovations in Perioperative Hypothermia Prevention

    • Using clinical evidence and best practice, this on-demand webinar, hosted by 3M Scientific Affairs Manager Kevin Robinson, focuses on how prewarming can help reduce the impact of Redistribution Temperature Drop (RTD) and how effective insulation can protect heat loss during transportation and times when active warming is not available.
    • At the end of this eLearning module, you will be able to:
      1. Understand that RTD is the major cause of perioperative hypothermia
      2. Describe how prewarming can help reduce the impact of RTD
      3. Explain how effective insulation can protect heat loss when active warming is not available


  • Prewarming: Reducing the risk of complications in surgical patient

    Prewarming: Reducing the risk of complications in surgical patients

    • Clinicians around the world have been implementing the optimal warming protocol using the 3M Bair Hugger Normothermia System with highly positive results. In this short online module, normothermia experts share their experiences and knowledge.
    • Prof. Alfonsi, co-author of the 2018 expert recommendations of the French Society of Anaesthesia (SFAR), shares insights from his published study highlighting effect that interruptions in active warming can have on perioperative hypothermia.
    • Prof. Bräuer explains the importance of pre-warming in the prevention of perioperative hypothermia in surgical patients.
    • And finally, Dr. Grote shares his real world practical experience of significantly reducing hypothermia rates by implementing a pre-warming protocol with the Bair Hugger Normothermia System.

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    Prewarming with Bair Hugger Universal Gown to reduce hypothermia rates

    • A recent study using the Bair Hugger Universal Gown to prewarm patients demonstrated that anaesthetic room prewarming is successful at reducing the proportion of hypothermic patients by 11.3% 6


Now that you are ready to take action to improve patient outcomes, we are here to support you with tools and resources to make positive changes in practice. Download a recent budget impact analysis on pre-warming below, or visit our main page to explore other resources available.

Introducing the next generation of forced-air warming gown

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    • At 3M, we pride ourselves in utilising our innovations to improve lives.

      The same 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation technology that keeps people warm outside, is now available in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Universal Warming Gown to help keep surgical patients warm during their perioperative journey.

      Combined with our proven 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Forced-Air Warming technology, the Bair Hugger Universal Warming Gown enables clinicians to maintain normothermia in surgical patients even when active warming is not possible.



3M is focused on proven solutions that protect you and your patients, so you can focus on what matters most

3M is here to help with science-centred solutions and clinical evidence-based therapies to improve efficiency, prevent complications and deliver better patient outcomes. Every patient. Every time.

Find out more about how 3M can support you in the prevention of surgical site complications from patient preparation, to surgical intervention, and enhanced recovery.


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  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 32:227-23
  5. Tülsner, J. Zentrale Aufnahme/Zentrum, für ambulante und Kurzzeitchirurgie, Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH, Neuruppium. Case report, 2010, Arizant Healthcare Inc.
  6. Rona J, Andrzejowski J, Wiles M. The effect of anaesthetic room pre-warming on the incidence of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia: a quality improvement project. Anaesthesia 2022, 77 (Suppl.4), 6–44.

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