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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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echoing a widely held view. "In my opinion, that outweighs the NPO after midnight for the convenience of the provider." "NPO status is too rigid, especially for the frail and elderly," says a Washington state RN. "Patients arrive so dehydrated, it makes IV starts impossible." When it comes to NPO, it all adds up to a need for more, or at least better, guidance, says Teresa Smith, RN, director of Forsyth Plastic Surgery in Winston-Salem, N.C. "There will always be variables, espe- cially if you're dealing with pediatrics or patients not receiving a gen- eral anesthetic," she says. "But it would be nice to come together and develop some evidence-based guidelines surrounding NPO status." OSM E-mail jburger@outpatientsurgery.net. 5 0 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5

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