Assessing and managing thermoregulatory responses to heat loss: a research journey

Published on January 30, 2017   25 min
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Hello, and welcome to this presentation on "Thermoregulatory Responses". My focus today will be on the clinical assessment and management of heat loss in a nursing situation. This is where my program of research started. And I'm going to briefly acknowledge how that all took place. So you'll understand that research for me, was really a combination of my clinical experience, a curiosity about how physiological mechanisms work, and an extraordinary mentor in my masters program who showed me how nursing research could make a difference in patient care.
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I'd like to acknowledge the following, in terms of their contribution to this presentation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Nurse Scholars Program supported my research at this institution. The faculty and clinical mentors at the University of Pennsylvania were very supportive of my work. My research mentors Dr. June C. Abbey and Dr. Ralph T. Geer were instrumental in helping me accomplish this particular study.
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What I would like to convey in this report are how this research project grew out of my original interest in thermoregulation. And how an interdisciplinary collaboration yielded both the opportunity and the outcomes for me to move my research on shivering even further. And possibly, the most applicable features of this research is how these findings relate to the nursing concerns of any patients who are shivering from any cause. And I'd like to convey, why nurses should care? What are the consequences for patients? And what principles of care can be addressed for them all?
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It's sometimes difficult to recall a seminal event that influences something in your career, as important as your program of research. But for me, I had a long held interest in physiological symptoms that were influenced by nursing care. And this line of interest was fired by learning more about the human thermoregulatory system. And this occurred during my masters preparation in physiological nursing, when I decided to write my last term paper on the neurological control of body temperature. I titled that paper, "The Human's Thermostat". And I proceeded to take a deep dive into the topic of the human thermoregulatory feedback system.
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