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Manager's Guide to Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2014

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2 1 J U LY 2 0 1 4 | 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 P erioperative patient warming is typically viewed through the lens of surgical quality measures, infection prevention efforts or even patient satisfaction scores. Less frequently discussed is the role that patients' core temperatures play in anesthesia effects and PACU stays. Let's review the reasons why maintaining normother- mia is critical to successful ambulatory anesthesia. Where the risks lie Hypothermia carries many risks through the potentially hazardous physiological changes it triggers, including the following conditions: • Increased oxygen demand. Shivering increases the body's demand for oxygen by 300%. A patient who is shivering after a case may experience blood oxygen Why Warming Matters Patient normothermia is a key concern for successful anesthesia outcomes. Gary Lawson, MD | Fort Myers, Fla. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN HEAD OF THE TABLE Anesthesia's gases, oxygen and IV fluids play significant roles in cooling a patient's core temperature. P A T I E N T M A N A G E M E N T SS_1407_Layout 1 7/1/14 2:24 PM Page 21

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