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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:33 PM Page 146 ANESTHESIA ALERT DID YOU KNOW? PONV Fast Facts • Patients have reported that avoiding PONV is more important than avoiding pain. • One-third of surgical patients experience PONV. • PONV can last for up to 5 days post-op. success is prevention — once a patient develops PONV, it's difficult to treat with the available drugs. Our goal was to improve the quality of our care regarding PONV by incorporating evidence-based practices into the treatment of our patients. We now use tools to identify the patient at higher risk for PONV and to better communicate that risk to the anesthesia provider. Our providers are proactive in using evidence-based measures to mitigate this risk — a

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