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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 9 I t's not like ambulatory surgical centers needed another incen- tive to warm patients, but now they have one anyway in the form of a quality measure they must begin reporting in 2018: "ASC-13: Normothermia Outcome." Starting next year, ASCs must measure the percentage of patients having surgery under general or neuraxial anesthesia for 60 minutes or longer who are normothermic — a temperature of 35.5º C (95.9º F) or higher — within 15 minutes of arrival in the post-anesthesia care unit. Validating hypothermia prevention, or at least measuring your efforts to do so, has been a part of hospital federal quality reporting require- ments for many years, but is new to the ASC program. "ASC-13: Normothermia Outcome" is among the new measures Medicare has added to the ASC Quality Reporting Program (ASCQRP) • START TO FINISH Warming the patient for every leg of the perioperative journey, from the pre-op bay to the recovery room, helps to maintain normothermia. Warming Up to Normothermia A new CMS quality measure will require ASCs to track their ability to keep patients warm. Are you ready? Bill Donahue | Senior Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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