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The patient can control the temperature setting themselves on the models we use, something we call self-regulated warming. Patients appreciate the sense of control and comfort. They feel it's an extra level of care and concern that's been provided for them during their stay. We found that patients who are warmed in pre-op feel less anxious, and because they're more comfortable, they're easier to anesthetize. They wake up after surgery easier, too. There's no doubt prewarming leads to a better over- all patient experience. Our study supports the effectiveness of prewarming patients to avoid IPH and its related complications. Within our organi- zation, word has spread about how this relatively simple intervention has produced significant changes in how we can care for our patients more effectively. We've also showed the importance of maintaining normothermia and how relatively simple it is to address. We believe healthcare systems should adopt new evidence and support execution of AORN's and ASPAN's evidence-based guidelines on prewarming to offer safe and comfortable care across the perioperative experience. OSM 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 • COOL DOWN The heat emitted from warmed cotton blankets dissipates rapidly, making the passive warming method the least effective option for maintaining normothermia. Ms. Trump (mbaker2@memorialcare.org) is a clinical educator and Ms. Medina and Ms. Rainier are staff nurses at MemorialCare's Long Beach (Calif.) Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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