A patient post-tonsillectomy is transferred back to his room from the post-anesthetic care unit (PACU). What is the safest progression of diet for the patient?

NPO, clear liquid, full liquid, soft diet, and then diet as tolerated

Explanation

•Post-tonsillectomy patients follow the normal progression of diet after surgery.

•Historically, on the first post-operative day, the patient will be NPO until normal bowel function has returned. Then the patient will be advanced to clear liquids, full liquids, soft diet, and finally a regular diet as tolerated.

•Incorrect: The other diet progressions are incorrect.

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