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Anesthesia - Supplement to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2016

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J U LY 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 2 7 W hen you actively warm patients from pre- op straight through to PACU, you're doing a lot more for them than stop- ping the shivers. You're also helping to control their pain and prevent surgical site infections (SSIs). Read on to find out more about how you can avoid serious adverse effects associated with hypothermia by using active warming methods. • Pain control. Over 30 years of anesthesia practice and reams of research have taught me that perioperative hypothermia (even mild hypothermia) has a profound impact on pain control, and optimizing surgical patients' perioperative The value of maintaining normothermia extends beyond contentment into the not-so-obvious areas of infection prevention and pain management. • JUST THE START Actively warming patients in pre-op is not enough to prevent hypothermia. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Wes Webster, MSN, RN, CRNA Greensboro, N.C. Hidden Benefits of Patient Warming

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