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The effect of preoperative fasting time on physiological parameters in patients undergoing thyroid surgery

Ceren Aslantas, Arzu Tuna.


The research was conducted between January 2022 and June 2022 in the Department of Surgery, Inonu University, Turkey. The sample of the study consisted of 40 consecutive patients who underwent thyroidectomy surgery. After obtaining the necessary permissions from the ethics committee, patients, and the chief physician of the medical faculty hospital, the research was conducted. Research data were collected using the patient diagnosis form, the form for assessing patients; vital signs, the form in which the laboratory values of the patients are determined, and the wound site evaluation form of patients three days after surgery. As a result of the research, it was determined that heart rate, body temperature, and HbA1c value may be affected as the fasting period gets longer. In surgeries performed in other patient groups and in patients with a higher population of thyroid surgery, it was suggested that new research should be done to examine the effect of fasting duration on vital signs, wound site, and blood laboratory values.

Key words: Thyroidectomy, fasting duration, symptoms, nursing

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