Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) protocols are becoming more widely known and used throughout medical facilities. Preoperative carbohydrate loading is one of the most inexpensive and easy to implement ERAS® protocols. With that being said, we know as a medical professional you have options when choosing a pre-surgical drink. Today, we break down why CF(Preop)® is truly the superior pre-surgical carbohydrate drink to provide to your patients.
What sets CF(Preop)® apart?
At CF Nutrition, we take pride in formulating our beverages with the most premium ingredients. We use evidence-based research to design products that actually serve a purpose. We strive to include everything the consumer needs and nothing extra or artificial. CF(Preop)® ingredients all serve a purpose to help enhance your patient’s recovery after surgery and improve surgical outcomes. We use simple and effective ingredients that you can feel good about giving to your patients.
Benefits of using CF(Preop)®:
- 50 g Complex Carbohydrates
- Natural ingredients
- No artificial colors or flavors
- Kosher, Halal
- Non-GMO, Soy Free, Dairy-free
- Meets ERAS® guidelines for pre-surgery use of clear carbohydrate beverage
- Meets ASA® guidelines for use with preoperative fasting
- Osmolarity: 270 mOsm
What makes CF(Preop)® different from other pre-surgery drinks?
One benefit of CF(Preop)® over other pre-surgery drinks is the added sugar content. CF(Preop)® has 2 grams less added sugar than other products available. Added sugars are to be limited as much as possible to avoid health complications such as obesity and diabetes. Therefore, having 2 g less of added sugar makes CF(Preop)® a better choice before surgery when compared to other products.
CF(Preop)® has 50% of Vitamin A’s daily value, whereas other products available have none. Vitamin A is an antioxidant to support the function of the health of the epithelial tissue. Zinc boosts the immune system and supports your recovery. When comparing CF(Preop)® to other products, CF(Preop)® has 20% more DV of Zinc, making it a more suitable choice.
CF(Preop)® also contains L-citrulline. L-citrulline improves circulation by increasing nitric oxide levels, boosts the immune system by nourishing bowel electrolytes, and is efficiently converted to L-arginine; CF(Preop)®’s competitors do not contain L-citrulline.
The lower osmolarity in CF(Preop)® will allow more effective gastric emptying to prevent any risk for aspiration. CF(Preop)® contains filtered water to avoid dehydration and the accompanying headache and collapsed veins.
CF(Preop)® uses stevia, which is a natural sweetener that comes from a plant. CF(Preop)®’s competitors use sucralose, which is an artificial sweetener that is not broken down well by the body. Sucralose is a modified form of sugar made by removing sugar oxygen groups.
Why don’t sports drinks cut it?
Over and over again, we hear medical professionals recommending sport drinks as a pre-surgical drink. Unfortunately, this can do more harm than good. Sports drinks DO NOT meet the ASA® guidelines for a pre-surgical drink and should not be recommended for patients in the hours before surgery.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Sport drinks typically contain >20 g of added sugar
- Sport drinks don’t contain complex carbohydrates
- Sport drinks do not have a low osmolarity
- Sport drinks may not be clear and colorless
Overall, we believe our product CF(Preop)® is the best choice for your patients before surgery. Compared to other products, it contains the least amount of sugar and is the most natural source of nutrition. There are no artificial sweeteners as it uses stevia, a natural sweetener that is generally recognized as safe. It contains enough complex carbohydrates (50 g) to shift the body from a fasted to a fed state to enhance your recovery. It contains vitamin A and Zinc to help boost your immunity and further enhance your recovery. It also contains L-citrulline, which improves circulation by increasing nitric oxide levels, promotes the immune system by nourishing bowel electrolytes, and is efficiently converted to L-arginine. It has a low osmolarity to allow for complete gastric emptying, so there is no risk for aspiration. It is vegan, Kosher, Halal, dairy-free, non-GMO, and soy-free, making it suitable for diet restrictions. We hope you choose CF(Preop)® before surgery so your patients can have a safe and effective recovery.