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9 Commonly Used Surgery Terms and What They Actually Mean

NPO, arthro, outpatient…? What qualifies as a clear liquid? The healthcare world is full of abbreviations, acronyms, and terminology that the people who work in healthcare may use every day, but that patients may hear for the first time only when they need surgery. Here are 9 medical terms commonly used at BOSC and their…

Medical Terminology Deciphered: NPO

NPO…what? NPO is a medically approved abbreviation that means NOTHING BY MOUTH. The abbreviation is based on the Latin translation of nil per os meaning nothing by mouth. Prior to scheduled surgery, it is recommended that the patient has nothing by mouth (no food or fluid) for a minimum of six hours and preferred eight…