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The Bair Hugger

The Bair Hugger

The North Carolina Baptist Hospital opened its new Recovery Room for post-operative patients in 1954. Between 1954 and 1991, patients who complained of being cold had their body temperature raised one degree per hour using heated blankets. This process could sometimes take hours. Since 1991, patients in the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), formerly called the Recovery Room, can get warmed up in one-third of the time by the “Bair Hugger Patient Warming System.” This system consists of a heating unit and a disposable warming cover. The warming cover is placed over the patient and the heater hose is connected to it. When the heating unit is turned on, a gentle flow of warm air is directed across the patient’s body. The Bair Hugger is also used to treat hypothermia and open heart surgery patients.

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