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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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occurring in the lungs and alert them to a possible obstructed airway. Pulse oxime- try measures blood oxygen levels to pro- vide a real-time indi- cation of how well patients are oxy- genated. Dr. Morel, a sworn devotee of both mon- itoring platforms for years, acknowledges the technologies are neither new nor inno- vative. He also doesn't care. "I'm an ol' dawg," says the 68-year-old Dr. Morel in a drawn out south- ern twang. "These monitors have saved many a patient." • Video laryngoscopes. Most airways can be secured with a stan- dard laryngoscope blade, which is simple to use, safe and effective. Many patients undergoing more complex surgery in today's outpatient ORs are sicker, heavier and have numerous comorbidities, factors that make managing the airway more challenging. Enter the video laryngo- scope, a user-friendly airway device that provides direct views of the 6 8 • 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 2 0 • INSIDE LOOK Borescopes let reprocessing techs confirm there is no visible biobur- den or damage to the scope's external components or internal channels.

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