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When it comes to Surgical Site Infection (SSI) prevention, normothermia and normoglycemia are the goals. They are important factors in helping the patient recover from surgery successfully, avoiding complications. In this episode, Dr. Pena and Dr. Lacy discuss body temperature and glycemia levels as controllable factors for SSI prevention.   

Hypothermia can trigger thermoregulatory vasoconstriction, which decreases tissue oxygen tension. The chemotaxis and phagocytosis of granulocytes are impaired, as well as the motility of macrophages and oxidative killing by neutrophils. Furthermore, it is important to know that Hyperglycemia is associated with an increased risk of SSI.

Bearing in mind that warming devices are used in the operating room and during the surgical procedure with a moderate strength of recommendation.

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