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

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4 2 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 betes, or a long history of frequent IV catheter placements for delivery of fluids and medications as notoriously difficult sticks. Ms. Blanton's ophthalmic-only center has 8 pre-op bays where patients for 2 high-volume surgeons are prepped for surgery with only oral Versed. One device is enough for the staff to share when it's needed, although Ms. Blanton says they'd need additional units if they started IVs on every patient. Experienced nurses are good at assessing a patient's arm and asking for help from a colleague with known IV starting skills if they're not confident they can get the job done on their own, says Ms. Aiken. "A lot of them know to not let pride get in the way of proper patient care," says Ms. Aiken. "When it comes to starting IVs, some days are better than others." Now they can also reach for the device that gives them added confidence in spotting those difficult-to-locate veins. "It's just another tool in the arsenal to help our nurses," says Ms. Aiken. OSM E-mail dcook@outpatientsurgery.net.

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