Fasting before your anaesthetic is vitally important for your health and safety. When you are anaethetised, you are unable to care for your airway. To minimise the risk of regurgitation into your lungs, it’s best to follow the recommended written instructions from your surgeon or proceduralist outlining the fasting requirements before your surgery. The following is provided as general advice.
- Eating and drinking – you should not eat any solid food for six hours before the time you are scheduled to arrive at the hospital. However, you may still drink water up to two hours before you are scheduled to arrive at the hospital.
- Chewing gum (including nicotine gum) or eating sweets is not allowed when you are fasting.
Different fasting rules apply to small infants who are fully breastfed or taking infant formula. Please contact Parkville Anaesthesia if you have any questions or concerns.