nothing by mouth


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nothing by mouth

An instruction used in patient care to indicate that the patient is not to take or receive food, solids, liquid, or medicine orally. This order is usually indicated by the abbreviation NPO.
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No significant differences were found in patient age, orders for nothing by mouth, diet texture, and liquid consistency (see Table 3).
He ordered that David receive nothing by mouth after midnight.
On the basis of this information, we will continue to advise our patients to have a clear liquid dinner and have nothing by mouth after midnight before their flexible sigmoidoscopies.
The researchers found that, compared with the group permitted ad lib oral intake, the group permitted nothing by mouth was significantly more likely to have an unplanned cesarean section birth.
-- Patients offered a regular diet within 6 hours after undergoing cesarean deliveries were more satisfied with their hospital stays than were those offered nothing by mouth but ice chips, followed by clear liquids, for the first 12-24 postsurgical hours in a randomized trial comparing the two approaches.
The patient is ordered to receive nothing by mouth (NPO); a nasogastric tube is inserted and placed on intermittent suction.
Farine and associates at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, compared outcomes for women who ate nothing by mouth (NPO) until bowel sounds returned with outcomes for women who determined when and what they wanted to eat soon after delivery.
The conventional feeding schedule consisted of nothing by mouth for 12-24 hours, advancing to clear liquids on the first postoperative day and then solid food on the second or third postoperative day, he explained.