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Manager's Guide to Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2014

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1 6 S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 | J U LY 2 0 1 4 N o matter how well you care for your patients; no matter how compe- tent, caring and congen- ial you and your staff are; no matter how well the surgery turns out; if patients feel nauseated after- ward — and especially if they find themselves vomiting — the bad taste left in their mouths is likely to linger for a long time. Ask patients what negatives they most vividly recall from their surgeries and they'll put nausea at or near the top of the list, often even higher than pain. Feeling squeamish after surgery is that potent of an experience, but it can be avoided. P O N V PONV PREVENTION Do everything you can to have every patient feeling fine after surgery. Steven Gayer, MD | Miami, Fla. BITTER MEMORY Patients who experience PONV often recall it as having been worse than the pain. SS_1407_Layout 1 7/1/14 2:24 PM Page 16

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