Effects of comfort warming on preoperative patients

AORN J. 2006 Sep;84(3):427-48. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)63920-3.


THERMAL COMFORT IS ONE DIMENSION of overall patient comfort, and it usually is addressed by covering the patient with warmed cotton blankets. WARMING HELPS A PATIENT maintain normothermia and appears to decrease patient anxiety. AN STUDY WAS CONDUCTED in a preoperative setting to compare the effects of preoperative warming with warmed cotton blankets versus patient-controlled warming gowns on patients' perceptions of thermal comfort and anxiety. BOTH WARMING INTERVENTIONS had a positive effect on patients' thermal comfort and sense of well-being. Patients who used the patient-controlled warming gown also experienced a significant reduction in preoperative anxiety.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety / prevention & control*
  • Bedding and Linens
  • Body Temperature Regulation*
  • Clothing
  • Female
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Preoperative Care* / nursing