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P atient warming is the practice where almost nothing's uniform and almost everything's unique, where each surgical facility has its own set of rules that determines who, when, where and how it warms. Maybe it's forced-air warming for longer cases, warmed blankets for shorter cases. Maybe you pre-warm certain patients in pre-op, warm all gener- al anesthesia patients intraoperatively, but only warm regional anes- thesia patients if they request it. Clearly, how you prevent hypothermia is your call — just so long as you do it. "Patients are more comfortable and we find it relieves some D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 1 Warming Trends What are your rules for keeping patients normothermic? Wes Webster, MSN, RN, CRNA • PACU WARMTH Besides the comfort and clinical benefits it bestows, there's nothing uniform about patient warming. Dan Dunkin Associate Editor

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