General anesthesia in infants: why the operating table needs to be preheated

DThe automatic sliding door opens. A man in a blue robe and mask enters the operating room. The eyes of the other four people in the room immediately turn to him. “Now let’s look at the baby,” says Julius Vermelt, head of the department of anesthesiology at the Frankfurt Civil Hospital. There are five people standing around the operating table, all in blue coats. In bright light, a six-week-old baby lying on the operating table looks even smaller.

The digital thermometer on the wall shows 25 degrees. The baby still wears a wool hat and is wrapped in foil and blankets. Matteo, who actually has a different name, is a premature baby who weighs less than two and a half kilograms. His due date would actually be that day. Instead, it’s been around for weeks.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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