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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2019

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6 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 N o food or drink past midnight is slowly giving way to carbo-loading up to 2 hours before surgery. Fasting past midnight has been an unwritten Ordinance of the OR for almost 75 years. We can trace its origins to an obstetrician and cardiologist named Curtis Mendelson, who in 1946 reported in an influential study that you could avoid aspi- ration during general anesthesia for delivery by restricting oral intake during labor. Why Fast Past Midnight? Patients who carbo-load before procedures can better handle the physical stress of surgery and recover sooner. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • TIME FOR CHANGE Patients who fast during the hours leading up to surgery enter the OR in a nutritionally replete state.

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