.....or, maybe it isn't. I figured I'd ask those of you that know.
How long does it take for a couple of ounces of water to be absorbed? what is the possible hazard of a pt drinking a little water a couple hours prior to surgery?
As an ER nurse, I keep my pt's NPO when ordered, but don't really know why. I get why they shouldn't have a cheeseburger and milkshake, but ice chips?
It feels like surgeons don't trust pts, or nurses, for that matter, to follow instructions.
For example: pt A and pt B are both scheduled for surgery tomorrow. A at 0600, B at 1100. Both are NPO after midnight. At 1130, pt A has a huge meal. At 0500 pt B would like some water, but can't have any.
Can somebody please explain the physiology here?