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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 3 3 H ow much do patients dread feeling nauseated after they emerge from anesthesia? My research has shown that many patients would be willing to pay $100 out of pocket to avoid experiencing post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV). The downstream impact of their sick feelings might turn your stomach, too. Vomiting can delay discharge by 20 minutes and the cost of treating PONV is 100 times higher than preemptive therapy with a generic antiemetic. The good news: You can help keep recovering patients feel- ing fine by following the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia's recently issued New Strategies to Prevent Nausea and Vomiting After Surgery Updated guidelines tell us how to manage patients who are at increased risk for PONV. TJ Gan, MD, MHS, FRCA Stony Brook, N.Y. • SMELL OF RELIEF Aromatherapy is just one of the many measures at your disposal to prevent post-operative nausea and vomiting. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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