An infant is to receive surgery for esophageal atresia. What is an appropriate preoperative treatment?

 

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- Provide IV fluids and antibiotics through an umbilical artery catheter.

- Feed small feedings.

- Give glucose water only.

- Give antacids.

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Preoperatively, you should provide IV fluids and antibiotics through an umbilical artery. Because the infant has esophageal atresia, he should have nothing by mouth.

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