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Wake Up to the Dangers of Sleep Apnea - October 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 P atients who drink clear fluids up to 2 hours before sur- gery are less likely to become hypotensive during anes- thesia induction or experience PONV in recovery. They're also happier and more prepared to handle the extreme physical stress of surgery. So why do you con- tinue to starve patients by asking them to stay out of the fridge after the stroke of midnight? Maybe because NPO is a hard habit to break and attempts to alter established routines in surgery are as welcome as an add-on case on a Friday afternoon. Before a holiday weekend. But why settle for the change is hard excuse when improving surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction is as easy as (finally) sending one of surgery's sacred cows out to pasture? Why Go NPO After Midnight? It's time to get onboard with the not-so-new approach to pre-op fasting. • LIQUID ASSETS Letting patients drink 2 hours before surgery decreases their thirst and anxiety, and improves their strength. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor

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