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1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 I f a patient starts coughing during surgery, there are 2 ways to stop the hacking. • Coughing in pre-op. If the coughing is apparent in pre-op, set up a nebulizer treatment with 4% lidocaine. When patients inhale, the nebulizer delivers a cloud of ultra-small particles that numbs every- thing from the tips of their noses to the bottoms of their lungs. Their tracheal reflexes are blunted and the coughing stops. The half-life of lidocaine is about an hour, which is usually plenty of time to get patients through surgery. STOP THE HACKING How to Handle a Coughing Patient • UNDER CONTROL A nebulizer or IV push can help quell a patient's coughing during surgery. Ideas Work That

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