January 1, 2013

Helping to avoid postdischarge nausea and vomiting

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Nausea or vomiting after surgery can cause more distress than the pain, and even with modern anesthetics, it is not as rare as once thought. If the procedure is outpatient, symptoms may arise after the patient is at home, away from medical intervention. Thus, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) need to assess each patient’s risk for postdischarge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) and plan for it by administering longer-acting antiemetic medication if needed.

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