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Why Can't He Eat or Drink After Midnight? - March 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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8 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | M A R C H 2 0 1 6 On the Cover Patients often show up for surgery anxious and generally uncomfortable. Why should they also be hungry and thirsty? Many facilities still follow a strict NPO-by-midnight fasting policy, regardless of the sched- uled start times of procedures, subjecting patients to the ill effects of a fast that can last for as long as 16 hours. Our reader survey and the latest research shows it might be time to bend the rules just a bit to improve patient comfort during what is already a stressful time. Cover design by Ethan Anderson Photo by Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN 10 Editor's Page Fired for Fighting for Patient Safety Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief 14 In Case You Missed It … Check out the top 10 viewed features on outpatientsurgery.net 16 Ideas That Work • Keep instrument sets organized • Bubble wrap your laryngoscope blades • 4 ways to boost hand hygiene compliance 26 Anesthesia Alert The Great LMA Debate Perry V. Ruspantine, CRNA, APRN 31 Staffing Deal With Difficult Employees Head On Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC 35 Business Advisor Time to Dust Off Those Preference Cards Treena Dockery, MBA/HCM 40 Coding & Billing 6 Strategies to Get Your Claims Paid Correctly Chris Klitgaard, MHS, MBA, and Kimberly Vegter, CPC, CPC-I 45 Medical Malpractice Suits From Slips, Trips and Falls Alex Stein, PhD 130 Thinking of Buying … A C-arm Streamlined design and digital data have improved imaging. Karen Wenning, RN 142 Infection Prevention Improving Your Antibiotic Prescribing Amber Wood, MS, RN, CNOR, CIC 146 Legal Update Tapping Into the Self-Insured Employer Market Thomas L. O'Carroll, JD, and Angela M. Rust, JD 152 Product News 158 Cutting Remarks Are We Really Discharging That Patient? John D. Kelly IV, MD 160 Behind Closed Doors I'm Not "Just a Nurse" Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR 16 31 Departments 115 Take Our Blanket Warmers Quiz Bonus points if you know the recommended maximum temperature for warming cabinets, and if warmed blankets can burn a patient. Dan Cook | Executive Editor 122 How Do You Manage Fluid Waste? Readers reveal what it takes to keep OR floors dry during the messiest procedures. Dan Cook | Executive Editor Contents

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