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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 60 P A T I E N T W A R M I N G Forced-air warming has a tremendous following, backed by 25 years of reliable use in ORs and a strong marketing presence. It's estimated that more than 50,000 Bair Hugger forced-air warming units are currently in use across the country. Bair Hugger consists of a portable heater/blower connected by a flexible hose to a disposable blanket that is positioned over (or in some cases, under) surgical patients. It costs around $16 per patient to use a Bair Hugger, compared to $6 to $7 for warmed blankets, says a source. "Our patients are happy with warmed blankets. Our aim is to make them relax and feel comfortable, just like they would at home," says Mary Radke, RN, BSN, manager of the Dakota Surgery and Laser Center in Bismarck, N.D. "When you use just a warmed blanket, it makes the patient stay relaxed instead of having other devices put on you that make the patient feel more worried about the procedure. We place all our patients in a recliner, offer a warmed blanket and keep the lights turned low. We spend a lot of time at their chair side and it relaxes them. Then the doctor walks them back to the OR and we offer them another warm blanket." Finally, we heard from 1 facility that heats its patients and cools its surgeons. It keeps the OR suites at a minimum temperature of 73°F to 74°F, and provides cooling vests for its physicians. OSM E-mail doconnor@outpatientsurgery.net. 6 0 | 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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