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J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 1 7 T he battle for control of the thermostat is a com- mon occurrence in ORs and a source of undo stress for the surgical team. We decided to give final say of the room's ambient temperature to a single staff member, who holds the key that unlocks the plastic box cov- ering the thermostat. That per- son is the only one who can turn up the heat or cool things down to keep the temperature within the AORN-recommended range of 68°F to 73°F, no matter how much surgeons or staff complain about being too hot or too cold. Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN, CPHQ, CPPS Spectrum Healthcare Partners Portland, Maine miriam.schmitt@spectrumhcp.com TEMPERATURE MONITOR Giving a single staff member total say over how cool or hot to keep ORs eliminates a common source of angst among the surgical teams. Keep the OR Thermostat Under Lock and Key Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN, CPHQ, CPPS will present with the symptoms we screen for, we feel the list improves our ability to identify patients who shouldn't undergo sur- gery. Kimberly Rickards, RN, MSN Red Lion Surgicenter Philadelphia krickards@redlionsurgicenter.com

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