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