EVERY BEAT COUNTS

INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOUR SURGERY/PROCEDURE

THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

If you are not adequately fasted the procedure may have to be delayed, postponed or even cancelled. Fasting means no food and drink, including lollies and chewing gum.

 

FASTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULTS

THE LATEST TIME THAT YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK:

>   Up to 6 hours before you can have a light meal with milk, water or fruit juice.

>   You can have 200mls of water per hour up to 2 hours before your procedure.

For example: If your procedure is at 8 am your must not eat after 2am and no water after 6am.

Some patients may require longer fasting times and will be told by the anaesthetist and/or surgeon.

 

FASTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHILDREN

THE LATEST TIME THAT YOU SHOULD GIVE YOUR CHILD ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK:

>   Up to 6 hours before your child can have a light meal with milk, water or fruit juice.
Bottle fed babies can have formula feed.

>   Up to 4 hours before babies can have breast milk.

>   Up to 2 hours before all children and babies can only have a drink of water.

For example: If your procedure is at 8 am your child must not eat after 2am,
no breast milk after 4 am and no water after 6am.

Some patients may require longer fasting times and will be told by the anaesthetist and/or surgeon.

 

REGULAR MEDICATIONS

In general, all regular prescribed medications should be taken up to and including the day of surgery (with a sip of water if required).

THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS REQUIRE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

>   Blood thinning agents (includes aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin):
consult with your surgeon and anaesthetist

>   Diabetic medications (oral and insulin):
seek advice from your anaesthetist or diabetic specialist

>   Anti-inflammatory medications (voltaren, neurofen, celebrex):
consult with your surgeon and anaesthetist

>   Herbal medications/supplements:
stop 2 weeks prior to surgery