Prewarming of the surgical patient implemented by theatre nurses. - A specified educational programme
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Background: To maintain normothermia throughout the perioperative course, prewarming is an important measure that has a well-documented effect. The operating staff has a duty and responsibility to ensure patient safety and prevent unnecessary complications. In practice, prewarming is frequently deficient, and the emphasis is placed on actively warming the patient intraoperatively as opposed to preoperative warming. This could be due to several different barriers, traditions, and a lack of support at the management level. Aim: The purpose of this master's thesis is to develop a specified educational programme (SEP) based on the didactical relationship model that may contribute to quality improvement by preventing inadvertent perioperative hypothermia in the operating room (OR). Method: Quality improvement work based on the model for quality improvement. The SEP has been created utilizing the didactical relationship model. Results: Questionnaires used for evaluation of the pilot lecture showed a positive response to education on the subject of prewarming. Conclusion: Evaluation suggests that a SEP could enhance or update knowledge and skills regarding the adoption of prewarming measures. Not all theatre nurses are aware of the benefits of prewarming the patient. After the pilot lecture, methods for incorporating prewarming into surgical procedures were developed in the workplace, bolstering the significance of this thesis and a SEP that can be implemented and modified to help standardise the level of care provided to all patients.