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Starvation before surgery: is our practice based on evidence?

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The misery articulated by patients denied their morning ‘cuppa’ before coming to hospital for surgery is long-established and apparently ineradicable. A recent (February 2016) small audit of 44 adult patients admitted for elective surgery in five specialties in Oxford found that they had been denied (or denied themselves) drink for an average of 9 h (range 2–24 h) and food for 14 h (range 6–22 h) before being anaesthetized. These data are similar to those acquired 3 years earlier in the same ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1093/bjaed/mkx009

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University College
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Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
BJA Education Journal website
Volume:
17
Issue:
8
Pages:
275–282
Publication date:
2017-05-30
Acceptance date:
2017-02-18
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ISSN:
2058-5349 and 2058-5357
Pubs id:
pubs:708932
URN:
uri:a3907462-584c-4a53-85dd-01d1dd07d217
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uuid:a3907462-584c-4a53-85dd-01d1dd07d217
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pubs:708932

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