The effects of preoperative fasting on patients undergoing thoracic surgery
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of fasting before surgery on patients undergoing thoracic surgery. Design: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from January 1 to June 30, 2017. Methods: The study was carried out with 85 patients who underwent thoracotomy, mediastinoscopy, or rib resection in the thoracic surgery department of a university hospital. All patients started fasting midnight before day of surgery. Data were collected using a questionnaire, Visual Analog Patient Satis- faction Scale, and preoperative laboratory findings form..