Curr Gastroenterol Rep 2022 Feb 3;24(2):37-41. Epub 2022 Mar 3.
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 550 S. Jackson St., Louisville, KY, 40202, USA.
Purpose Of The Review: Preparative fasting orders arose out of a purported need to enhance imaging studies, reduce interference of food with intended medical/surgical interventions, and protect the patient from vomiting and aspiration pneumonia. This review discusses the frequency, appropriateness, and efficacy of fasting orders in meeting those needs and whether their use should be modified in the future.
Recent Findings: Nil per os (NPO) orders are overused, as they are often inappropriate, typically excessive, and routinely create barriers which may increase risk for patients. Read More