Review decision date: April 2015
We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here.
Next review date: September 2016
This guidance covers the care and treatment of people who are having an operation in hospital, in the NHS in England and Wales, to reduce their risk of getting cold before, during or after their operation.
It was previously called inadvertent perioperative hypothermia: the management of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia in adults.
Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGC-ACC). The National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care is no longer active.
NICE has published inditherm patient warming mattress for the prevention of inadvertent hypothermia (NICE medical technology guidance 7). The medical technology guidance does not supersede the guideline recommendations on pre- or perioperative warming. It also does not update the guideline with respect to the recommendation about forced air warming as a cost-effective use of resources. However, it does, for this product, update the recommendation for further research on the use of different warming devices. When considering new investment in warming devices, consideration should be given to whether use of the Inditherm patient warming mattress would be beneficial.