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Why Do ASCs Fail? - August 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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I n an effort to standardize how we warm patients, we tested 3 warming options on more than 800 patients at our hospital-affili- ated surgery center: forced air, heat reflective technology and warmed cotton blankets. Rather than let our anesthesia providers decide which method was the most effective and eco- nomical choice to prevent hypothermia, we wanted to put the warm- ing methods to the test. The results might surprise you. 8 2 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 O N L I N E | A U G U S T 2 0 1 5 Patient Warming Pays Off Our real-world research attempted to identify the most effective and economical option in hypothermia prevention. Edie Patterson, BSN, RN, CNOR | Knoxville, Tenn. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN z ONE STEP UP Forced-air warming is often the preferred choice in preventing unintentional hypothermia.

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