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Thinking of Buying: Patient Warming Solutions
The key is finding a system that best matches your unique needs.
Joe Paone | Senior Editor
Publish Date: November 14, 2022   |  Tags:   Patient Experience Patient Safety

No matter how long you actively warm your patients or when you opt to do it, one basic but crucial factor in the equation is the devices you use to do it in the first place. The many variables involved, not to mention the many options on the market, each offering a relatively unique take on the concept of maintaining normothermia and staving off hypothermia, make the purchasing decision a difficult one for surgical leaders. Chances are, though, if you look closely enough, there’s a system to match up with your budgetary requirements and procedural needs.

Darlene Dierkes, MSQA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CHL, president of Summit Surgical Counseling in Yucaipa, Calif., and a veteran director of perioperative services, says the primary factors to focus on when evaluating active warming systems are reading up on the literature and determining the real costs of each system, including any disposable aspects. Additional considerations are the footprint of the unit and whether you have enough space for it; whether any hoses or wires involved can be easily hung on the machine when not in use to avoid tripping hazards; and how long the electrical cord is.

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