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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2019

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7 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 • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 I t should come as no surprise that most out- patient facili- ties warm their surgical patients. After all, there's an ever-growing moun- tain of evidence that says warming pre- vents hypothermia as well as many related complications like car- diac trouble, impaired immune function, increased risk of infection and lengthier stays in recovery. Plus, it's a proven patient-satisfier. What may surprise you, however, is how, when and why your peers warm patients. These are the details we aimed to uncover with our survey of more than 400 facility leaders. One of the most notable survey findings: 63.2% of facilities said they "always" warm surgical patients. That's a sizable jump from the 52.7% of facilities that reported "always" warming patients back in 2013, the last time we surveyed readers on this topic. Overall, however, the per- centage of readers that warm patients at least "occasionally" has remained largely unchanged, 90.1% in 2019 and 90.2% in 2013. Readers Reveal Their Patient Warming Preferences Facility leaders agree hypothermia prevention is critical, but differ on how, when and why to do it. • FLUID WARMING Nearly 85% of our survey respondents heat fluids with a warming cab- inet. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor

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