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Evid Based Nurs 11:56 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.2.56
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Review: early feeding after major gynaecological surgery is safe except for an increase in nausea

Early v delayed initiation of oral intake of food and fluids after major abdominal gynaecological surgery*
Outcomes Number of trials (n) Weighted event rates RRI (95% CI) NNH (CI)
Early feeding Delayed feeding
Nausea 1 (195) 43% 24% 79% (19 to 171) 6 (4 to 17)
Abdominal distension 2 (301) 34% 31% 7% (−23 to 47) Not significant
RRR (CI) NNT
Vomiting 2 (301) 6.1% 7.1% 14% (−100 to 63) Not significant
Ileus 1 (96) 8.5% 14% 40% (−90 to 81) Not significant
  • *Abbreviations defined in glossary. RRI, RRR, NNH, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article using a fixed-effects model.

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