Maintaining Perioperative Normothermia

Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice Improvement Project

Rona F. Levin, Fay Wright, Kathleen Pecoraro, Wendy Kopec

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Unintentional perioperative hypothermia has been shown to cause serious patient complications and, thus, to increase health care costs. In 2009, an evidence-based practice improvement project produced a significant decrease in unintentional perioperative hypothermia in colorectal surgical patients through monitoring of OR ambient room temperature. Project leaders engaged all interdisciplinary stakeholders in the original project, which facilitated the sustainability of the intervention method. An important aspect of sustainability is ongoing monitoring and evaluation of a new intervention method. Therefore, continued evaluation of outcomes of the protocol developed in 2009 was scheduled at specific time points after the initial small test of change with colorectal patients. This article focuses on how attention to sustainability factors during implementation of an improvement project led to the sustainability of a protocol for monitoring OR ambient room temperature with all types of surgical patients five years after the initial project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213.e1-213.e13
JournalAORN Journal
Volume103
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Fingerprint

Evidence-Based Practice
Hypothermia
Temperature
Physiologic Monitoring
Health Care Costs

Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Normothermia
  • Quality improvement
  • Sustainability project
  • Unintentional hypothermia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical

Cite this

Maintaining Perioperative Normothermia : Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice Improvement Project. / Levin, Rona F.; Wright, Fay; Pecoraro, Kathleen; Kopec, Wendy.

In: AORN Journal, Vol. 103, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 213.e1-213.e13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Levin, Rona F. ; Wright, Fay ; Pecoraro, Kathleen ; Kopec, Wendy. / Maintaining Perioperative Normothermia : Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice Improvement Project. In: AORN Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 103, No. 2. pp. 213.e1-213.e13.
@article{fdbf982bd3fc40328ba802b4867abb3f,
title = "Maintaining Perioperative Normothermia: Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice Improvement Project",
abstract = "Unintentional perioperative hypothermia has been shown to cause serious patient complications and, thus, to increase health care costs. In 2009, an evidence-based practice improvement project produced a significant decrease in unintentional perioperative hypothermia in colorectal surgical patients through monitoring of OR ambient room temperature. Project leaders engaged all interdisciplinary stakeholders in the original project, which facilitated the sustainability of the intervention method. An important aspect of sustainability is ongoing monitoring and evaluation of a new intervention method. Therefore, continued evaluation of outcomes of the protocol developed in 2009 was scheduled at specific time points after the initial small test of change with colorectal patients. This article focuses on how attention to sustainability factors during implementation of an improvement project led to the sustainability of a protocol for monitoring OR ambient room temperature with all types of surgical patients five years after the initial project.",
keywords = "Evidence-based practice, Normothermia, Quality improvement, Sustainability project, Unintentional hypothermia",
author = "Levin, {Rona F.} and Fay Wright and Kathleen Pecoraro and Wendy Kopec",
year = "2016",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.aorn.2015.12.020",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "103",
pages = "213.e1--213.e13",
journal = "AORN Journal",
issn = "0001-2092",
publisher = "Elsevier USA",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Maintaining Perioperative Normothermia

T2 - Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice Improvement Project

AU - Levin, Rona F.

AU - Wright, Fay

AU - Pecoraro, Kathleen

AU - Kopec, Wendy

PY - 2016/2/1

Y1 - 2016/2/1

N2 - Unintentional perioperative hypothermia has been shown to cause serious patient complications and, thus, to increase health care costs. In 2009, an evidence-based practice improvement project produced a significant decrease in unintentional perioperative hypothermia in colorectal surgical patients through monitoring of OR ambient room temperature. Project leaders engaged all interdisciplinary stakeholders in the original project, which facilitated the sustainability of the intervention method. An important aspect of sustainability is ongoing monitoring and evaluation of a new intervention method. Therefore, continued evaluation of outcomes of the protocol developed in 2009 was scheduled at specific time points after the initial small test of change with colorectal patients. This article focuses on how attention to sustainability factors during implementation of an improvement project led to the sustainability of a protocol for monitoring OR ambient room temperature with all types of surgical patients five years after the initial project.

AB - Unintentional perioperative hypothermia has been shown to cause serious patient complications and, thus, to increase health care costs. In 2009, an evidence-based practice improvement project produced a significant decrease in unintentional perioperative hypothermia in colorectal surgical patients through monitoring of OR ambient room temperature. Project leaders engaged all interdisciplinary stakeholders in the original project, which facilitated the sustainability of the intervention method. An important aspect of sustainability is ongoing monitoring and evaluation of a new intervention method. Therefore, continued evaluation of outcomes of the protocol developed in 2009 was scheduled at specific time points after the initial small test of change with colorectal patients. This article focuses on how attention to sustainability factors during implementation of an improvement project led to the sustainability of a protocol for monitoring OR ambient room temperature with all types of surgical patients five years after the initial project.

KW - Evidence-based practice

KW - Normothermia

KW - Quality improvement

KW - Sustainability project

KW - Unintentional hypothermia

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84958206664&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84958206664&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.aorn.2015.12.020

DO - 10.1016/j.aorn.2015.12.020

M3 - Article

VL - 103

SP - 213.e1-213.e13

JO - AORN Journal

JF - AORN Journal

SN - 0001-2092

IS - 2

ER -