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Backbreaker - April 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A P R I L 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1 P atients often neglect to share important health information with their anesthesia providers before surgery. They might not realize that taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using med- ical marijuana for pain, smoking and snoring are relevant, but these supplements, drugs and conditions are among the 8 things your nurs- es and anesthetists should ask patients before they wheel them back to the OR. Stress to patients that you're not judging them, you simply need them to be honest about their health history so you can provide the safest, most effective anesthesia and pain relief. Let patients know that ensur- ing their safety is your priority and this information is essential. Be sure to ask patients if they: 8 Questions to Ask Patients Before Surgery Full disclosure is key to a safe anesthesia experience. Anesthesia Alert Linda J. Mason, MD, FASA • REVEALING CONVERSATION Encourage patients to be forthcoming about their health history before surgery. Jason Meehan

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