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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Preoperative meal practices: An observational study

Department of Anaesthesiology, GSMC and KEMH, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Prerana Nirav Shah
Department of Anaesthesiology, GSMC and KEMH, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jica.jica_38_22

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Background: In this era of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), prolonged fasting has been discouraged. This study is an appraisal on the fasting practice in a tertiary hospital in India. Materials and Methods: Over a period of 1 year, 118 patients were taken into the study. The attending anesthesiologist noted the time of their last meal and the type of meal that was taken on the morning of surgery. Data were analyzed using STATA™ and Microsoft Excel version 2016. Results: Our study found that the fasting period for large and light meals was more and for clear fluids was 10.28 ± 3.63. For light meals and clear fluids, the fasting period was more than recommended. Conclusion: Prolonged preoperative fasting is still practiced despite existing guidelines. Prolonged preoperative fasting is still prevalent in today's era of ERAS. Education on the existing fasting guidelines and its implementation is needed.

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