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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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1 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 • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 D uring abdominal surgeries, surgeons manipu- late the bowel, which can make a patient have an ileus that delays the return of bowel functions. To coun- teract this, some of our surgeons like to give patients a stick of gum (sugar-free for those with diabetes) to enhance the early recovery of bowel functions following surgery. Chewing gum is a form of "sham feeding" that essentially tricks the gut into thinking it's being fed, which speeds up bowel functions, so we keep gum in stock for post-op nurses to hand out. Use of the practice started with abdomi- nal and bowel patients, but has expanded into urology and other types of surgeries. Lisa Swenson, MS, BSN, RN, ONC UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, Pa. swensonlm@upmc.edu • SOMETHING TO CHEW ON Nurses at UPMC Pinnacle hand out gum to patients to help enhance their recoveries. STICKY SOLUTION Gum Speeds Up Post-Op Digestive Function UPMC Pinnacle Ideas Work That

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