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Throw Away The Script - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2019

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1 0 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 W e know that pre-opera- tive warm- ing can help prevent hypothermia, which will lead to improved surgical outcomes, fewer surgical site infections, and much happier patients who won't miss shivering and chattering teeth. We're less certain about the ideal warm- ing protocols. How long should you warm patients in pre-op? At what temperature should you warm the blankets that will warm your patients? Is forced-air warming really an infection risk? Luckily, there's no shortage of research on patient warming. Let's look at 5 recent studies for some guidance. 1. No patient can live on intraop warming alone. Many believe that warming a patient during surgery is enough to prevent Hot Takes on Patient Warming Answers to your 5 burning questions on how to safely and effectively prevent hypothermia. • FORCING THE ISSUE A minimum of 30 minutes of pre-operative forced-air con- vective warming can decrease intraoperative hypothermia, researchers found. Gregory P. DeConciliis, PA-C, CASC Paul Austin, CRNA, PhD | Fort Worth, Texas

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