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Optimize Patients for Optimal Outcomes
Pre-op education, proper hydration and PONV prevention lead to successful surgeries and speedy recoveries.
Jared Bilski | Managing Editor
Publish Date: November 16, 2021   |  Tags:   Patient Experience Pain Management
FULLY ENGAGED Patients become willing participants in their surgical outcomes if they’re told exactly what’s at stake if they don’t follow care directives.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer

Patient optimization is a nebulous concept that can mean vastly different things to different providers. Joyce Wahr, MD, FAHA, believes the concept involves doing everything possible to manage the variables that impact positive outcomes. “It’s about having the courage, the strength and the discipline to change the things you can change,” she says. 

By employing proper pre-operative nutrition, PONV prophylaxis and an education program geared toward making patients active participants in their own care, providers can improve surgical outcomes and prevent post-op complications. 

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