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Drinking Water

Why should not an injured person drink water?

Answer

Wiki User
10/10/2008

If there's a chance the patient may need to be anesthetized, if the stomach isn't empty, there's a far far greater chance of them vomiting and then possibly aspirating the vomitus, which causes a huge range of complications. Even if aspiration doesn't occur, it's still a mess. Moreoften, liquids and nutrients will be administered intravenously to avoid this possible complication.