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Continuous arteriovenous rewarming: report of a new technique for treating hypothermia.

Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98104.
The Journal of trauma (Impact Factor: 2.35). 09/1991; 31(8):1151-4. DOI: 10.1097/00005373-199131080-00015
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ABSTRACT Survival is rare after major trauma if core temperature falls below 32 degrees C. Available rewarming methods are often ineffective. We utilized arterial and venous catheters to create a circulatory fistula through the heating mechanism of a modified commercially available counter-current fluid warmer to achieve simple, rapid extracorporeal rewarming.

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