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Core Temperature Monitoring in Obstetric Spinal Anesthesia Using an Ingestible Telemetric Sensor

du Toit, L.; van Dyk, D.; Hofmeyr, R.; Lombard, C.J.; Dyer, R.A.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000532306.88686.9a
Anesthesia Analgesia: Regional Anesthesia

(Anesth Analg. 2018;126(1):190–195)

Maternal core temperature is difficult to monitor during cesarean delivery (CD) under spinal anesthesia (SA). A drop in maternal core temperature <36.0°C during the perioperative period is associated with increased risks of postoperative morbidity. Current knowledge of the thermal insult associated with obstetric SA is limited to small randomized controlled trials. In the present study, the authors used continuous core temperature recording to generate high-resolution data on thermal insult and thermal recovery associated with CD under SA.

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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