NPO

Nil per os, Latin for “nothing by mouth”

Nothing per mouth or NPO refers to the direction of having nothing to eat or drink during a time period before surgery. Usually begins midnight the day before.

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Clear Liquids

Clear liquids consist of any drink you can see through. For example, water, juices, and clear sodas. Nothing with pulp and avoid purple, red, and brown liquids.

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