Purpose: The aim of this prospective, randomized, controlled study was to assess the effect of preoperative warming on hemodynamic changes before cataract surgery.
Methods: After receiving approval from our local ethics committee and obtaining written informed consent from our patients, we enrolled 50 patients undergoing elective cataract surgery. Patients were randomized into preoperative warming or control groups using sealed, opaque envelopes containing computer-generated random numbers. Patients were then randomly allocated to receive either a resistive heating blanket or a cotton blanket. All patients were placed on a hospital bed 30 min before transfer from the ward to the operating room where non-invasive blood pressure monitoring and pulse oximetry were performed. We measured and recorded the heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and the perfusion index at baseline, with the patient in a supine position. In the warming group, the resistive heating blanket was then switched on for 15 min and kept at 37°C; in the control group, the standard cotton blanket was used without active heating. When the patient entered the operating room, routine monitoring equipment was connected and the hemodynamic parameters were recorded again 5 min after entering the operating room.
Results: Of the 50 patients enrolled in the study, four patients were excluded because they could not complete the study. Therefore, 24 and 22 patients were randomized to the warming and control groups, respectively, with no statistically significant differences in characteristics between the groups. In addition, baseline hemodynamic parameters were not statistically significant within the warming and control groups. After entering the operating room, hemodynamic variability parameters were better in the warming group than in the control group, with the changes in heart rate (7.49 ± 7.82 beats/min vs. 13.59 ± 9.32 beats/min), systolic blood pressure (7.62 ± 6.56 mmHg vs. 20.24 ± 9.36 mmHg), and perfusion index (-3.99 ± 6.023 vs. -18.50 ± 10.38) being significant (p < 0.01).
Conclusions: The preoperative warming group showed a lower rate of change in key hemodynamic parameters compared with the control group. Thus, preoperative warming appears to reduce perioperative hemodynamic changes and stress-related increases in activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
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