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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2004;47(5):764-766.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2004.47.5.764   
Thermal Burn Caused by a Circulating Water Mattress during an Operation: A case report.
Sung Jin Hong, Ji Young Lee
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. hongs@catholic.ac.kr
Abstract
A 50-year-old woman underwent left pneumonectomy under general anesthesia. A circulating water mattress covered by a cotton sheet was placed on the operating table, because of an anticipated prolonged surgical time. The mattress's temperature regulator was set at 37oC. After 7 hours of operation in the right lateral decubitus position, 10 x 8 cm sized mixed first- and second-degree burn was found on the right greater trochanteric area, the main weight-bearing site. Although healing occurred without skin graft or complication, this case emphasizes the importance of vigilance to avoid pressure sores and thermal burn injuries during prolonged operations using a circulating water mattress.
Key Words: burn; pressure sore; prolonged operation; circulating water mattress


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