Oral Intake and Antacid Prophylaxis

Selected Guideline Examples Date
Wythenshawe Hospital
June 2021
Rosie Hospital, Cambridge August 2020
North Bristol
February 2021
Lewisham and Greenwich
June 2021
Bolton March 2019
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  • “Think drink” for elective CS list
  • Use of tables for clarity covering fasting requirements for low risk labour/ high risk labour/ elective surgery and antacid prophylaxis for same plus Cat 1/2/3 CS         
  • Table comparing speed of onset/ duration of action/ safety in breastfeeding of antacids commonly used 
  • Recommendation to continue antacid prophylaxis until 3rd stage of labour complete and no other surgical treatment required
  • Recommendation to keep women fasted in recovery postoperatively if complicated surgery and/or potential to return to theatre
  • Emphasis that antacid prophylaxis is the responsibility of all doctors and midwives
  • Ranitidine was recalled in October 2019 due to concerns regarding some preparations containing carcinogens. Not all guidelines have been updated to acknowledge a change in practice, with most units now using omeprazole for antacid prophylaxis. Oral and intravenous preparations of omeprazole should be available on the delivery suite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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