Instructions given to the control group included continuation of a regular diet and nothing by mouth
after midnight on the day of surgery.
A secondary purpose was to determine if a difference existed in the frequency of oral care provided to high-risk populations, defined as those who had orders to take nothing by mouth
, were tube fed or diagnosed with dysphagia, or had been extubated recently.
Similarly, in our patient the diagnosis was delayed since his anion gap acidosis was initially attributed to starvation ketosis due to his nothing by mouth
status in the setting of pancreatitis.
Postoperative care: After PEG, the patient received nothing by mouth
for another 24 hours.
Both groups were instructed to take nothing by mouth
after 12 a.m.
Jan inquired at least four times daily why, if there was to be nothing by mouth
, was an IV inserted in his arm, but not hooked up to any fluids.
NPO status (nothing by mouth
) and NEC watch were ordered.
If a patient who just had lumbar surgery is suffering a lot from back pain and has 40 years left, the situation is different than it would be for a patient who has only 3-4 days left and is classified as NPO (nothing by mouth