What is included in preoperative care for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

Updated: Dec 27, 2017
  • Author: Shelley C Springer, JD, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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After the decision to proceed with surgery is made, the patient's general physiologic condition should be optimized. Provide vigorous fluid replacement, correct any clinically significant anemia or coagulopathy, and ensure adequate urine output of at least 1 mL/kg/h. To minimize heat loss, place the infant on a heated air pad; in addition, a warmed operating room and warmed IV and irrigation fluids should be used. The use of heated and humidified oxygen and anesthetic gases may further minimize heat loss. Blood products should be available during surgery.

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