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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 3 5 P atients often arrive at your facility in the cool before dawn, enter air-conditioned pre-op rooms, strip down to nothing, put on paper-thin gowns and slide between chilly sheets and lie on cold, hard operating tables. Is it any wonder their core body temperature might quickly slip below 36°C and have you playing patient-warming catch- up? Maintaining normother- mia demands applying active warming measures as soon as possible, but research suggests that up to 70% of surgical patients Perfect Your Patient Warming Protocols It takes a total team effort to maintain normothermia in patients from pre-op to the PACU. WARM RECEPTION Cotton blankets alone won't prevent the onset of hypother- mia, but there's no denying that they reduce anxiety and provide comfort. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR Kim York, BSN, MS, RN, CNOR, CSSM | Southport, N.C.

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