A Pennsylvania hospital has been cited for failing to sufficiently monitor the temperature of a 6-year-old boy who was placed under a Bair Hugger warming blanket and died after his temperature reached 107.6 degrees.
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What’s the problem?
August 25, 2017 – The boy, who was not identified, was brought to the emergency room on January 10 with a body temperature of 89.4 degrees, 6 degrees lower than normal, according to PennLive. He was placed under a Bair Hugger warming blanket, a device that uses forced, warm air to prevent and treat hypothermia in surgical patients.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s policy calls for the temperatures of patients that are treated with such devices to be checked at least every 2 hours. The health department concluded the child’s temperature was checked and recorded at acceptable intervals until 12:14 a.m. on Jan. 11, when it was 98°.
However, his temperature wasn’t checked again for over 10 hours, when someone checked on him around 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, and found no vital signs. Approximately 22 minutes later, his temperature was 107.6°, and the attending physician found that the Bair Hugger had been on high all night, according to a statement by Penn Hershey.
The boy was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit and declared dead at 5:39 p.m. Jan. 11, according to the health department.
While not disputing the health department’s findings, the medical center said in a statement that the child was affected by “complex and life-limiting health issues. He was brought to our Emergency Department for low body temperature and presumed [blood infection].”
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