The use of carbohydrate drink for enhanced recovery

Roy, Mercy
Danter, Joyce
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Postoperative return to normal health from any major surgery is a matter of worry for patients and clinicians due to the potential discomfort and complications. Most of the patients who undergo surgery report complications including nausea, vomiting, pain, and a diminished sense of feeling well during the perioperative time . The purpose of the project was to complete a literature review of randomized control trials and retrospective study on the use and effectiveness of carbohydrate drink pre-operatively to enhance recovery thus reducing nausea, vomiting and hypoglycemia and pain post-operatively. The key findings of several studies concluded that carbohydrate loading is a nonpharmacological method that can decrease nausea, vomiting, and pain in patients enduring different surgeries. This ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) protocol can reduce hospital stays and costs. All surgeons should consider using ERAS protocol for improved clinical results at lower hospital costs. (Faculty Sponsor: Professor Joyce Danter)