New drink offers an alternative to fasting before surgery

Regions Hospital is the first hospital in Minnesota to use Clearfast®, a drink that can safely be consumed about two hours prior to surgery.

ST. PAUL, Minn.--()--Regions Hospital recently began using a new, carbohydrate-rich preoperative beverage designed to improve comfort and reduce anxiety for patients heading into surgery. Developed and patented by anesthesiologist, M. Lou Marsh, MD, of BevMD, Clearfast is the first product available in the United States that is specifically formulated for consumption by preoperative patients.

As a precautionary measure, doctors often have patients fast for up to 12 hours before a procedure to keep the stomach clean and prevent stomach contents from entering the lungs. This can result in hungry, dehydrated patients and can delay recovery. Clearfast can be safely consumed about two hours prior to surgery. It hydrates, nourishes and assists in the recovery process and can improve postoperative outcomes.

“Fasting before surgery can be frustrating for patients and it doesn’t help prepare the body to recover after surgery,” says Ryan Carlson, MD, a surgeon at Regions Hospital. “Clearfast is a way to avoid fasting, to get nutrition into the body quickly and safely to promote faster healing.”

Regions Hospital recently began piloting Clearfast as an option for patients undergoing colon surgery. Clearfast is one component of a colon surgery improvement project focused on promoting faster recovery. Regions will evaluate patient satisfaction and health outcomes in patients using Clearfast, and could expand use of the beverage to other procedures in the future.

About Regions Hospital
Regions Hospital is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center serving adults and children in Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 140 years. As a private, non-profit teaching hospital, Regions Hospital provides outstanding care in women’s health, cardiology, oncology, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care, mental illness and more. For more information, visit regionshospital.com.

Contacts

Regions Hospital
Annelise Searle, 651-254-4726
Media pager, 651-629-0411
Annelise.m.searle@healthpartners.com

Release Summary

Regions Hospital is the first hospital in Minnesota to use Clearfast, a preoperative drink that can safely be consumed about two hours prior to surgery.

Contacts

Regions Hospital
Annelise Searle, 651-254-4726
Media pager, 651-629-0411
Annelise.m.searle@healthpartners.com