Does fasting indicate NPO?
- 0Feb 10, '11 by neil890123just confused with this one guys....sometimes i encounter in the book the sentence
"Fasting for 8 hours to 12 hours" or something like that and i have to question it....whats the difference of Fasting and then NPO? does Fasting indicate no food but its ok to drink fluids? if its the same then why not just put NPO instead of fasting? confusing for me lol...hope you can help guys thanks
- 0Feb 10, '11 by neil890123Quote from jnick31NPO is an abbreviation for "Non Per Os" it is latin for "nothing by mouth"
yup i know that......question is...is it the same as the word Fasting? or is it different? why use Fasting when you can use NPO instead? so maybe fasting has another differentiation...just maybe
- 0Feb 10, '11 by RN SamGood question. Isn't fasting blood glucose mean they haven't eaten? I also see it used interchangeably but I'm not sure. Be careful though. Someone told me they were fasting, and when I asked how long they said " I have been fasting from fast food for two weeks." Just saying.
- 0Feb 10, '11 by CuriousMeFasting just means their abstaining from something. If I saw an order about Fasting, I would ask whomever wrote it what they meant....or look and see if there was a P&P about Fasting in the hospital.
As to whether your hospital considers the term Fasting to mean food and liquid...well, only folks in your hospital would know.
- 0Feb 10, '11 by jnick31Quote from neil890123Sorry, I didn't explain very well. I agree with the others, check with the P&P in your facility. But no, I don't believe you are NPO if you are fasting. example: when they to a GTT you are fasting but you can still drink water because water won't effect the outcome of the test. (at least you can in my facility) If a Dr were to order a "8hr fast" or something like that prior to a surgery, I would clarify with them and take a verbal NPO order if that's what they really want.yup i know that......question is...is it the same as the word Fasting? or is it different? why use Fasting when you can use NPO instead? so maybe fasting has another differentiation...just maybe
- 0Feb 11, '11 by neil890123Thanks for the reply guys yup its really confusing.....still im preparing for NCLEX now and reading saunders 4th edition...sometimes they say fasting in the book and sometimes NPO so i thought that they may have different meanings....thanks maybe fasting here really indicates no food only.... thank you guys