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NPO / Pediatric Preoperative Fasting Guidelines

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The Pediatric Preoperative Fasting Guidelines are a set of handout materials meant to be given to parents prior to thier child’s surgery or procedure. They are based on current (as of August 2014) ASA / SPA NPO guideline recommendations and are meant to comply to the specifications of the pediatric anesthesiology department at the hospital for which they were developed.

These handouts are provided as a public service, not as a means of replacement for medical advice from a pediatric anesthesiologist. These are generalized guidelines and may not reflect the needs of a patient with special needs. Please feel free to use this as reference material, but not as a means of sole medical information for pediatric preoperative feeding. Always consult your pediatric anesthesiologist for proper medical intruction regarding your child’s situation.

That being said, feel free to use and modify this material as you wish. If you are a medical professional interested in adapting these for your institution (changing values, modifying the food list, etc), you are welcome to contact me to see if we can work something out.