Why The “No Eating or Drinking Before Surgery” Rule is a Serious One

A hospital patient in a blue gown sits on a bed. Holds a surgery cap in their hands.
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

We’ve all gone under the knife at some point in our lives. In the days leading up to the surgery, the surgeon would schedule appointments with the anesthesiologist and also give us a list of dos-and-dont’s. As patients, we don’t think much about these and some of us are even flippant about it —

“yeah, yeah, doc, no eating or drinking 12 hours…



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