nurses reapplying machines to get the patient to sleep


  • Have a responsible adult accompany you.
  • Take only the medications you were specifically told to take by your doctor for the day of surgery with a small sip of water.
  • Remain NPO. Absolutely no food, drink, gum, or ice chips usually after midnight the day before surgery. This helps prevent you from vomiting while you are under anesthesia. Vomiting can be dangerous if it happens during anesthesia.
  • Try to stop smoking if you are a smoker.
  • Remain at home for the day. Take it easy and rest.
  • Start slowly with liquids and slowly progress to a light meal. Medications stay in your system for 24 hours or more after they are given.


  • Drive a car for 24 hours.
  • Operate equipment for 24 hours.
  • Make important decisions or sign documents for the day.
  • Take any medications unless prescribed or discussed with your doctor.
  • Drink any alcohol.
crna nurses performing anesthesia on a patient while looking at monitors of patient performance

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The Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) has more than 1236 members. MoANA was founded in 1935 by 15 charter members, including Helen Lamb of St. Louis. She became the first president of MoANA and later served as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our parent organization.