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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 54 P A T I E N T W A R M I N G ONE-TWO PUNCH Many ORs use both forced-air warmers and blanket warmers to prevent hypothermia. An increasing number of surgical facilties are also applying warming devices in pre-op, a preventive practice known as pre-warming. New Thinking on Patient Warming Is pre-warming an idea whose time has come? Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief M ost every surgeon, anesthesia provider and surgical nurse has bought into the idea that normothermic patients do better. It's no longer a question of whether and why you should warm patients. The focus has shifted to: • Should you pre-warm patients? Yes. Pre-warming patients at risk of hypothermia for at least 15 minutes before induction of anesthesia is 5 4 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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