What is it about?

A literature review exploring fasting practices in Adult patients scheduled for elective surgery. Fasting for surgery is very important for gastric emptying, and to prevent the risk of aspiration pneumonia which can have severe consequences.

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Why is it important?

It is important in the pre-operative stage where clear instructions are given to patients on the necessary preparations required to undergo elective surgery during pre-assessment clinics.


It was a great pleasure producing this report as part of my master's degree programme. I hope this article adds to the body of evidence available in my country of residence, and this consequently leads to the development of future projects addressing issues highlighted in the publication.

Lovejoy Denkyi
Kingston University

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This page is a summary of: An exploration of pre-operative fasting practices in adult patients having elective surgery, British Journal of Nursing, April 2020, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.7.436.
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