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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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1 8 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 M A Y 2 0 1 7 W arming patients before, during and after surgery will no doubt boost your satisfaction scores and help pre- vent post-op infections, but debate is heating up about the best and safest way to keep core body temperatures at or above 36°C. Some studies even suggest forced-air warming might actually increase SSI risk by acting as a vector or causing unwanted airflow distur- bances, but the evidence doesn't conclusively suggest that to be the case. It 5 BURNINGQUESTIONS ABOUT PATIENT WARMING Paul Austin, CRNA, PhD Fort Worth, Texas Separating fact from fiction on ways to prevent hypothermia and lower infection risks. • HOT TOPIC The evidence sug- gests preventing hypothermia has a positive role to play in preventing surgical site infections. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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