Inpatient surgical care: normal body temperature after surgery

When patients have surgery, it is important for hospital staff to monitor the patient’s temperature and keep it close to normal. If a patient’s body temperature gets too low during surgery, medical research indicates this may cause a greater risk of infection and that wounds may not heal as quickly. Hospital staff should make sure that patients are actively warmed during and immediately after surgery to prevent drops in body temperature. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percent of patients whose body temperature was normal or near normal at the end of surgery, during the time period 15 minutes before the end of surgery to 30 minutes after anesthesia ended.

 Note: In this case, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 100
State Average 100
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 99 99 100 100 100 100 100 100
National Average 99 99 100 100 100 100 100 100
State Average 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
SCIP normal body temperature at end of surgery