Aggressive warming during non-cardiac surgery 'fails to reduce complications'

Warming to a target of 37°C is unnecessary and doesn't provide any benefits, researchers say

Aggressive intraoperative warming of patients to 37°C during major non-cardiac surgery does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications, according to results from a large trial.

Neither does it lead to fewer wound infections or lower the need for blood transfusions compared to patients kept at cooler body temperatures, US and Chinese researchers say.

Findings from the PROTECT trial, presented at the American College of Cardiology's 2022 Annual Scientific Sessions this month, suggest that aiming