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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
HomeHealthHealthstyles: Are You Fasting Too Long Before Surgery?

Healthstyles: Are You Fasting Too Long Before Surgery?

Jeannette Crenshaw with co-author Elizabeth Winslow

Jeannette Crenshaw with co-author Elizabeth Winslow

This week on Healthstyles, I interview Dr. Jeannette Crenshaw, RN, DNP, about what the evidence suggests is appropriate for pre-operative fasting–what should you not eat or drink and for how long before surgery. Unfortunately, most people are told to fast for much longer periods of time than is necessary, and this can lead to dehydration and other adverse effects. Catch it on or Or click here to listen: Crenshaw



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<p>Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.</p>

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  • It’s best that we follow our doctor’s advice regarding fasting before surgery. But of course it is perfectly reasonable to ask them about relaxing the fasting requirements. especially if you’re having the surgery in the afternoon which could mean you’ll go without food for more than 12 hours. Thanks for sharing this article.

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