Is it really necessary to prevent patients from drinking water for many hours before surgery?

After all those painfully long nights of fasting prior to having surgery, a recent study has shown that the well-known rule of “nothing by mouth after midnight” for preoperative patients is not based on scientific evidence. Many medical organizations have recently revised their preoperative guidelines, allowing you to drink clear liquids up to two hours before surgery, without any aspiration of stomach contents.

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26. December 2011 by Ruth Folger Weiss
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