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Special Edition: Anesthesia - July 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 6 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 I nadvertent perioperative hypothermia is a preventable com- plication that can have disastrous consequences. A patient whose temperature dips below 36°C will react to the cold. Their arteries and veins constrict, leading to possible angina attacks, ventricular tachycardia and dysrhythmias. Thrombocytes lose their function as a coagulation mediator, causing more blood loss. The patient experiences a prolonged medication effect, more pain and a higher risk for surgical site infection. Justin D. (J.D.) Buchert, MSN, MEd, MS, RN | Dallas Patient Warming Pays Off Big Maintaining normothermia isn't always easy, but it's always well worth it. BLANKET STATEMENT Justin D. (J.D.) Buchert, MSN, MEd, MS, RN, places a blanket prewarmed at 130°F on a patient in the pre-op phase of the surgical process. Parkland Hospital

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