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Preventing PONV in High-Risk Patients
Screen thoroughly, set clear expectations and ask key questions to keep patients nausea-free.
Robert W. Simon, DNP, MS, CRNA, CHSE, CNE
Publish Date: August 23, 2021   |  Tags:   Anesthesia Patient Experience Pain Management
SWEET RELIEF Patients can use aromatherapy inhalers to prevent the onset of PONV in post-op and after they return home.   |   Jennifer Amedio
Many patients are more afraid of post-op nausea and vomiting (PONV) than they are of the surgery itself. That means a single incident of PONV can wreak havoc on your patient satisfaction scores and even prevent patients from scheduling critical surgeries in the future. Luckily, if you identify whether a patient is at a greater risk for this complication well before their procedure, you have plenty of options — including antiemetics, acupressure, aromatherapy and low-flow anesthesia — to prevent it.
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