How long does this person have to be NPO for?

Being NPO for an add-on surgical case (only to be told at 5 PM that there’s no chance the case will happen today) is a low-grade form of torture, and patients are always anxious to know when and if they can even have a little bit of water for their parched mouths. The nurse wants to know what time Mr. Smith should get his aspirin with a little apple juice if the case is scheduled for 11 AM. What’s the answer?

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Nicely prepared table from the learning module “Anesthesia for Internists” from the Society of Hospital Medicine

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