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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 5 B ariatric patients typically aren't thirsty after sur- gery, but they must drink during the initial recovery phase to prevent dehydra- tion. Our staff wasn't cer- tain that patients were drinking the intended goal of 48 ounces of water dur- ing each of the first 2 post- op days, but our nurses came up with a great idea to know how much water patients have consumed. They set aside 12 8-oz. water bottles for each patient and numbered the caps from 1 to 12 with a permanent marker. Patients must drink bottles 1-6 on post-op day 1 and bottles 7-12 on day 2. By numbering the bottle caps, our nurses know for certain that our patients are well hydrated. Peggy Lennon, MSN, RN, NE-BC Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital margaret.lennon@greenwichhospital.org Ensure Post-op Patients Stay Hydrated • THIRST QUENCHER Cheryl Williams, RD (left), bariatric surgery pro- gram coordinator, and Peggy Martino, RN, MSN, program director of surgi- cal services, developed a novel approach to monitor patients' water intake. DRINK UP Greenwich Hospital

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