Mon May 6, 2002
By Melissa Schorr
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Too many patients are following outdated guidelines about how long to fast before they undergo surgery, researchers report.
"Patients undergo excessively prolonged fasting," study co-author Jeanette Crenshaw, family education coordinator at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, told Reuters Health. "It doesn't make them any safer, so why make them hungry?"