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

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but waiting until anesthesia has been administered may be too late (see "Busting 4 Myths About Normothermia" on page 48). Studies suggest pre-warming the patient 15 to 60 minutes before surgery, and continuing through to PACU, can effectively prevent redistribution hypothermia. "To me, warming is not just for a surgery that's greater than an hour," adds Ms. Kirchner. "Whether a surgery lasts 5 minutes or 5 hours, we need to make sure every patient has every opportunity to not get an infection." Besides, warming a patient for the duration of the perioperative journey makes more sense from a workflow perspective, says Dr. Steelman. A forced-air warming blanket or conductive blanket can be more easily implemented in pre-op, as long as close consideration is given to the process of care, including the anticipated surgical posi- tion. As 2018 approaches, your facility should have all the tools and tech- niques in place to monitor a patient's core temperature and to docu- ment how and when you use active-warming measures. "The focus should always be on high-quality patient care and how we can improve on that, not on meeting a certain threshold," says Dr. Steelman. OSM 6 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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