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The Case for Concurrent Cases - November 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 2. You Don't Have to Shiver During Surgery The OR thermostat is often turned down for the comfort of the surgical team, who are hard at work under lay- ers of scrubs and impervi- ous gowns. Meanwhile, those of us working the case from outside the sterile field are left shivering in the perimeter of the chilly room — and we'll do anything to keep warm. I've stolen a few minutes warming myself in front of the open door of an autoclave after a piping hot set of instruments was removed and a nurse I worked with used to wrap a warmed cotton blanket around her waist. I've even seen staff members stick the hose of forced-air warming devices into their scrubs for a quick blast of hot air. Anesthesiologist Mark Silverberg, MD, who clearly understands what's it like to shiver in the OR, came up with OperationHeatJac, an innovative personal warming device. The belts come with air-acti- vated warming pads or electric- and battery-powered warmers. You wrap the warming belt around your torso, on top of scrubs and under a scrub jacket or surgical gown. Dr. Silverberg also offers an insulat- ing vest to hold in the warmth generated by the belt. • COMFORT MEASURE Individual warming belts help surgical team members heat up in cool ORs. Jim Burger

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