Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Ambulatory Anesthesia Supplement - July 2013

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Ambulatory_Anesthesia_2013_Layout 1 6/26/13 2:20 PM Page 4 P A T I E N T W A R M I N G Warming to Faster Patient Discharges WHY WARMING MATTERS Maintaining a normal body temperature plays a part in faster recoveries and timely discharges. warmed patients reach the recovery room, they're comfortable. They're ready to go home. Here are 5 reasons why actively warming patients contributes to faster discharges. 1 Less stress, pain and shivering Recent research demonstrates that warming a patient pre-operatively reduces anxiety (AORN Journal. 2006;84(3):427448), which can reduce concerns about expected pain, anesthesia, being immobilized and the surgery itself. Spending less time in recovery is an "I have seen the differoften-overlooked benefit of actively warming ence warming a patient patients before, during and after surgery. can make in all phases of Gail O. Guterl | Contributing Editor S surgery," says Shari tudies have shown that Burns, EdD, MSN, CRNA, program warmed patients are more like- director and an associate professor of ly to be discharged on time. the nurse anesthesia program at Why is this? Primarily because when 4 SUPPLEMENT Midwestern University in Glendale, TO O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | J U LY 2013

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