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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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F or Mandy Pate, RN, CBN, everything about the sleeve gas- trectomy was famil- iar. She knew every square inch of the operating room at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor where it would be performed. She knew every staff member milling around the table prepar- ing to start the case. They were follow- ing pre-op protocols she could recite in her sleep. But there was one major differ- ence this time around. Ms. Pate was lying on the table, the patient during a procedure she had helped perform countless times before. From the perspective of a patient, Ms. Pate observed some inherent biases even her most well-intentioned colleagues had toward high- BMI patients. "After my surgery, I wanted to get up and use the bathroom, and the nurses didn't want me to," she says. "I couldn't Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor Caring for Patients With High BMIs One nurse's journey from patient to advocate should inspire you to treat obese individuals with clinical expertise and greater compassion. • DUAL PERSPECTIVE Surgical nurse Mandy Pate, RN, CBN, lost half her body weight after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy procedure. University of Michigan Health System 3 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 • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9

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