FASTING? THINK DRINK!
Adapted from a St. George's Hospital London, Anaesthetic Department Poster.
** Clear fluids including water, pulp-free juice and tea or coffee without milk.
There honestly is no such thing as 'fast from midnight' any more. One has FEWER complications, length of stay and hunger issues if you are allowed to drink clear fluids up to 2 hours pre-op. We should be challenging practices from ward-based patients where they are sometimes fasted up to an inch of their life! No-one from the anaesthetic team will mind being spoken to about fasting times.
This is for an elective cohort of patients. This is unlikely to be a suitable mantra for most emergency operations that include a rapid sequence induction.
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