Ask HRC: Maintaining Body Temperature of Neonates during MRI

June 8, 2010 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) Member recently inquired about how to maintain the body temperature of neonates from the neonatal intensive care unit both during and after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Neonates, especially premature neonates, do not regulate their body heat well and are susceptible to hypothermia because of their increased body surface area, low body fat, and inability to shiver or shiver effectively. Thus, maintaining the body temperature of neonates is a concern because they have...

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