Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia (2015-04-01)

Reduced fasting time improves comfort and satisfaction of elderly patients undergoing anesthesia for hip fracture

  • Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni,
  • Illova Anaya Nasiane Pombo,
  • Geraldo Borges de Morais Filho

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 65, no. 2
pp. 117 – 123


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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patient's satisfaction is a standard indicator of care quality. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a preoperative oral ingestion of 200 mL of a carbohydrate drink can improve comfort and satisfaction with anesthesia in elderly patients with hip fracture. METHOD: Prospective randomized clinical trial conducted in a Brazilian public hospital, with patients ASA I-III undergoing surgery for hip fracture. The control group (NPO) received nothing by mouth after 9:00 p.m. the night before, while patients in the experimental group (CHO) received 200 mL of a carbohydrate drink 2-4 h before the operation. Patients' characteristics, subjective perceptions, thirst and hunger and satisfaction were determined in four steps. Mann-Whitney U-test and Fisher exact test were used for comparison of control and experimental groups. A p-value <0.05 was considered significant. RESULTS: A total of 100 patients were included in one of the two regimens of preoperative fasting. Fasting time decreased significantly in the study group. Patients drank 200 mL 2:59 h before surgery and showed no hunger (p < 0.00) and thirst on arrival to OR (p < 0.00), resulting in increased satisfaction with the perioperative anesthesia care (p < 0.00). CONCLUSIONS: The satisfaction questionnaire for surgical patient could become a useful tool in assessing the quality of care. In conclusion, CHO significantly reduces preoperative discomfort and increases satisfaction with anesthesia care.