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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 55 getting popular. • What's the preferred way to warm patients? Our survey of 216 readers found that warmed blankets and If you warm only patients who are in the OR for 60 minutes or more, remember that patients lose a great deal of heat within the first hour of surgery. forced-air warmers are far and away the preferred methods of preventing hypothermia. Banking patient's heat in pre-op A growing body of evidence supports the clinical benefits of maintaining normothermia throughout the patient's surgical experiBEST PRACTICES When Do You Warm Patients? W e asked our survey respondents to tell us when they typically warm patients: • 63.3% do so pre-operatively • 90.2% do so intraoperatively • 76.7% do so post-operatively. "We warm in pre-op for total joints and any abdominal cases. All cases are warmed intraop," says a respondent. ence, starting in pre-op. How many of your colleagues pre-warm patients before they're wheeled into the OR? One-third (33.2%) of the 216 OR leaders we surveyed pre-warm for all procedures, and 14.2% do so for procedures expected to last more than 1 hour. The thinking behind that hour-orA P R I L 2 013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | 5 5

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