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Melt Your Job Stress Away - January 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Page 54 H Y P O T H E R M I A 1. How often do you warm? More than half (53.0%) of our survey respondents warm every patient wheeled into their ORs and nearly one-third (30.0%) warm patients "sometimes." Quite often, the determining factor in whether our respondents actively warm patients is the duration of the procedure: 45 minutes for some, 60 minutes for others and, for a smaller subset, a case has to run at least 2 hours before they'll warm. "Any surgeries longer than 59 minutes," says Mechelle Kemp, BSN, manager of perioperative services at Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital. "If they are having general anesthetic or the procedure is expected to last over 30 minutes," says Karen Rustermier, RN, BSN, CNOR, of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. One of the facility managers who reserves warming for longer procedures explains her rationale: "Most of our surgeries are under 30 minutes in length. We do warm the cases we know are going to last longer, such as shoulders, knees and any laparoscopy." Ms. Intelligent Blanket Warming Reda says time should be of no concern. "When you're naked under a thin The science of warming blankets has turned into an intelligent art form. The new Enthermics deluxe DC Series features: layer of cotton, you feel • Individual zoned heating "Vulnerability doesn't have • Programmable controls • Energy-efficiency • Ergonomic door release With an aesthetically pleasing design, the Enthermics DC Series is the intelligent way to increase patient satisfaction. Smart. Affordable. Precise. The true Nurse's Aide a time frame." If you're looking for a magic number to hang your warming policy on, consider 60. You should employ active warming to Warming patients inside and out Injection/Intravenous Fluid Warmers | ISO 13485:2003 Certified 1-800-862-9276 | 262-251-8356 | www.enthermics.com 5 4 vulnerable," she says. maintain normothermia in all patients — regardless of age — who are undergoing surgery lasting 60

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