Is temperature monitoring helpful during MAC?
Yes, because there is potential for significant inadvertent hypothermia especially with neuraxial anesthesia. Both the young and old have impaired thermoregulatory mechanisms. Mild hypothermia is associated with myocardial outcomes, increased bleeding tendencies, wound infections, and delayed wound healing.Defenses against hypothermia include shivering, vasoconstriction, and behavior. In the absence of temperature monitoring, the first indication of shivering may be considerable central cooling having already taken place.