By John Wallace, Editor

The most recent OR Today webinar “Mind the Gap: Raising the Bar with Patient-Focused Warming Strategies” was a hit with health care professionals.

Fifty-seven people attended the webinar presented by Carol Stamas, RN, and sponsored by Encompass Group. The session addressed the prevalence of unplanned perioperative hypothermia in surgical patients.

The webinar was designed to help attendees identify patient-focused warming strategies to bank heat, prevent cutaneous heat loss, and maintain normothermia throughout a patient’s perioperative journey. National statistics on prevalence of unplanned hypothermia in postoperative environment and establishing the gap in patient population that needs improved warming strategies were addressed.

Stamas discussed typical warming measures and their contribution to cutaneous warming and prevention of hypothermia. She also discussed how professionals can determine the most-effective tools for patient-focused warming strategies.

The webinar was well received earning a rating of 4.0 via a survey sent to each attendee.

“Great webinar on the importance of patient warming no matter what setting you’re in. The presenter also pointed out that warming starts in the pre-op setting. Most think it is only an OR issue,” Sherry W. wrote in her webinar survey.

Another recent OR Today webinar “Novel Techniques for Changing the Paradigm in Spine and Orthopaedic Procedures: Strategies for the Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Settings” presented by John Malara, PA, and sponsored by Pacira Pharmaceuticals, explored a non-opioid option for the management of postsurgical pain.

About 50 people attended the session that received a 4.1 rating.

“(It was) very informative to hear how other facilities currently use the medication,” Kelly B. wrote in her survey.

Malara discussed issues surrounding the current use of opioids for the management of post-surgical pain. He said the U.S. government and health care professionals have strongly pushed to avoid the use of narcotics for post-operative pain management. He said the focus is on the use of a multimodal pathway.

He highlighted the ways his institution has implemented opioid reducing strategies, specifically how EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) has impacted its pain management strategy; enhanced recovery after surgical protocols; quality initiatives; and best practices to achieve optimal results with EXPAREL.

The webinar “Back To The Future: New Innovations in Reusable OR Textiles” presented by Angie O’Connor on May 7 received a 4.1 rating.

“This webinar brought to the light so much of what has been known for years, but has been derided by the disposable textile industry,” John S. wrote in his webinar survey. “That is, reusable textiles have so many advantages, on so many levels, over disposables. Angie did a great job!”

In the presentation, which was sponsored by Encompass Group, O’Connor compared the safety and comfort features between reusable drapes, gowns, and mayo stand covers and disposable items. She identified specific requirements and performance standards for barrier protection in the OR. Also, she differentiated the costs associated with the use of reusable drapes, gowns, and mayo stand covers versus disposable items.

Recordings of every OR Today webinar are available at www.ortoday.com/webinars.

The next OR Today webinar, “Successful Inventory Management in the OR: Taking it from a Possibility to a Reality” is July 16. The session is free to attend thanks to a sponsorship by Cardinal Health. Register online at ortoday.com/webinars.