Why Am I Allowed to Drink Clear Fluids Before Surgery, but Not Eat? (McGill OSS)

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Surgeons often instruct patients to refrain from consuming food or drink before surgeries. However, even when patients aren’t allowed to eat, they can often drink “clear fluids”. Why aren’t clear fluids counted as consumption, and what purpose does fasting before surgery even serve?

Read the full article here: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/health-general-science/why-am-i-allowed-drink-clear-fluids-surgery-not-eat


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