Reducing Hypothermia in the OR

Monday, August 19, 2019 11:35:16 AM America/New_York

Hypothermia, defined as a core body temperature of less than 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Centigrade), is “a relatively common occurrence in the unwarmed surgical patient”, an Ochsner Journal article explains, cautioning that even a mild degree of perioperative hypothermia “can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality”. Dangers include, authors Hart,

Bordes, Hart, Corsino, and Harmon report, a threefold increase in the frequency of surgical site infections. Notwithstanding these statistics, hypothermia remains a common threat; the primary reason - anesthesia eliminates behavioral modification for the patients, altering their thermoregulatory mechanism.

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The Axillary Roll: An Essential Tool for Lateral Positioning

Friday, August 2, 2019 11:23:00 AM America/New_York

Essential goods are part of any great care or service. The operating room has countless examples of such materials. As perioperative professionals we know what is needed to provide the safest patient care.

 Positioning patients safely and effectively is paramount to the success of all procedures. We often require more dedicated time and effort to position our patients, than it takes to complete the entire surgical procedure. The lateral position involves multiple steps and items to achieve safety and success. A critical device for this position is the axillary roll. This device is a hot commodity in many operating rooms; which may at times lead to a short supply because of hoarding by one service team or another.  The savvy OR team member looks ahead for the needs of the patient. However there are unplanned cases, and emergent needs that arise throughout the day. Despite these spontaneous cases, the OR nurse must never sacrifice safety at the cost of anatomical exposure and position.

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Home Healthcare—Keeping Older Adults Safe in Hot Weather

Thursday, August 1, 2019 2:45:26 PM America/New_York

Managing heat and humidity in the summer is a priority for everyone; for older adult home healthcare patients, it’s a lifesaving necessity.

Every summer, healthinaging.org reports, nearly 200 Americans die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity; most are age 50 or older. Hot weather is more likely to cause health problems for older adults, the authors explain, for a variety of reasons, including:

  • age-related body changes
  • chronic health conditions
  • side effects of medications
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Geriatric Nursing Care Requires Effective Communication

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:03:58 AM America/New_York

When researchers at the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action discovered large gaps between what academia thought training nurses needed and what would actually be expected of those nurses in their first nursing positions, one issue had to do with language. At Action Products, we take great pride in our ongoing role in working with nurses, we were fascinated by the National Institute of Aging’s tutorial on effective communication with elder patients.

From a general point of view, the authors explain, what was once called "bedside manner" is becoming the subject of many empirical studies, the results of which point to the fact that effective communication with patients:

  • helps prevent medical errors
  • leads to improved health outcomes
  • uses limited interaction time more efficiently
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The Axillary Roll: An Essential Tool for Lateral Positioning

Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:23:59 AM America/New_York

Essential goods are part of any great care or service. The operating room has countless examples of such materials. As perioperative professionals we know what is needed to provide the safest patient care.

 Positioning patients safely and effectively is paramount to the success of all procedures. We often require more dedicated time and effort to position our patients, than it takes to complete the entire surgical procedure. The lateral position involves multiple steps and items to achieve safety and success. A critical device for this position is the axillary roll. This device is a hot commodity in many operating rooms; which may at times lead to a short supply because of hoarding by one service team or another.  The savvy OR team member looks ahead for the needs of the patient. However there are unplanned cases, and emergent needs that arise throughout the day. Despite these spontaneous cases, the OR nurse must never sacrifice safety at the cost of anatomical exposure and position.

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