NPO Guidelines (nothing by mouth)

These guidelines are for radiology exams requiring NPO status, but without sedation.

>12 months of age

4 hours NPO

0-12 months

3 hours NPO

Sedation Guidelines

Minimal Sedation Guidelines

(Chloral hydrate or Versed)

>12 months of age

4 hours NPO

0-12 months

3 hours NPO

Note: Sleep deprivation recommended for children requiring minimal sedation.

Moderate-Deep Sedation Guidelines

(Intensivist [Propofol or other IV sedation] is required)

Solid Foods

8 hours NPO

Infant Formula/Milk

6 hours NPO

Breast Milk

4 hours NPO

Clear Liquids

3 hours NPO

Note: Depending on dose Chloral Hydrate can be minimal or moderate sedation.

Our sedation nurses can help you understand our guidelines. Call them in Minneapolis-- (612) 813-5580, St. Paul--(651) 220-7140, or West--(952) 930-8679.