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Manager's Guide to Surgery's Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2015

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3 0 S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 LY 2 0 1 5 I t's virtually a given that you're actively warm- ing your patients when they're in the operat- ing room. But that might not be enough. A recent study (osmag.net/r4MXrV) found that patients being warmed with forced air still 4 Keys to a Sound Patient Warming Strategy Jim Burger Associate Editor z HEATED APPROACH Forced-air warming is highly effective, but can't always prevent hypothermia on its own. Diminish the chilling impact of redistribution hypothermia. typically experience peri- ods of hypothermia when general anesthesia kicks in and body heat is redistrib- uted from the core to the periphery. So how can you mitigate the chilling impact of redistribution hypother- mia? 1. Focus on the first 30 minutes Don't wait until patients are in the OR. Start instead by warming patients in pre-op, so body heat con- tent is increased by the time they're ready for sur- gery. "It's important to bring them into the OR in an optimized fashion," says Shari Burns, CRNA, MSN, EdD, program director and an associate professor of the nurse anesthesia pro- gram at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz.

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