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Risk for death by starvation increases by 1,000,000% within 5 minutes of being made NPO

NPO is code for nothing/nada/nil per oral, often placed before patients undergo procedures like upper or lower endoscopy. Before a patient is ever made NPO, a long discussion takes place between the ordering provider and patient regarding the risks and benefits of becoming NPO as it can, at times, go awry and cause death by starvation.[1][2][3][4]

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  3. No Way, Jose: Patient Request for Double Portions Denied, Made NPO as Punishment (Gomerblog)
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