5 Steps to PONV Prevention

5 Steps to PONV Prevention

Post-operative nausea and vomiting is one of surgery’s most unwanted side effects. Here’s how to keep patients’ stomachs settled.

Edna Ma Edna Ma, MD

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NOTHING’S WORSE Nearly one-fourth (24%) of surgical patients dread post-operative nausea and vomiting more than post-op pain or the IV start, according to the 313 readers Outpatient Surgery surveyed last month.

A case of post-operative nausea and vomiting is bound to leave a bad taste in a patient’s mouth, proverbially speaking, even if her surgery is a complete success. From my experience, patients rank PONV as one of the most distressing aftereffects of surgery, even more so than post-operative pain. That’s why I consider preventing PONV my No. 1 priority apart from preserving the patient’s safety and comfort during the surgery. Here’s my 5-point plan designed to make sure patients get discharged with their stomachs settled — and your facility’s reputation intact.

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Source: http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/issues/2017/04/5-steps-to-ponv-prevention

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