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Say Yes to Total Hips - March 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 9 M A R C H 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 1 Keep the patient updated on schedule changes. The case before mine ran 45 minutes long. I didn't have family or friends sitting with me to soak up the time. The wait seemed like an eternity. Thankfully, the nurses checked in on me periodically to see if I needed anything, like a blanket or a bathroom visit. 2 Introduce each member of the surgical team and shake your patient's hand. Other than my surgeon and physician anesthesiologist, I didn't know the members of the medical team who would be caring for me. In any other professional setting, walking up to and touching a person without permission or introducing yourself is highly inappropriate. I appreciated it when the team members told me their names and what their roles were in the procedure. 3 Keep the pre-operative area quiet and peaceful. Having surgery is tremendously emotional and stressful. The last thing I wanted to hear among the surgical staff was a review of the football game the night before or a debate over the latest news from Washington. 4 Keep the patient warm in the pre-opera- tive holding area. I hate being cold. I have self-diag- nosed myself with Raynaud's because I actually feel pain when I'm cold. As you can imagine, when I was dressed in an OR gown, I was uncomfortably cold. But I was given an abundant supply of warm blankets in the pre-operative holding area, which was fabulous. The OR bed was pre-warmed with the warming blanket before I entered, and it was immediately placed over me when I got onto the table. Being kept warm was such a comfort. F I R S T P E R S O N OSE_1403_part2_Layout 1 3/5/14 10:51 AM Page 39

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