Evaluation of Providing Coffee to Patients Postoperatively to Decrease Length of Stay in the PACU

Evaluation of Providing Coffee to Patients Postoperatively to Decrease Length of Stay in the PACU


Lead Sponsor: TriHealth Inc.

Source TriHealth Inc.
Brief Summary

The purpose of the study is to determine if providing coffee to patients who self-identify as coffee drinkers postoperatively will decrease the length of stay in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).

Detailed Description

Decreasing the length of stay in PACU for surgical patient is a pertinent outcome. The shorter length of stay can achieve higher patient engagement scores, while simultaneously increasing the productivity of the unit. This is achieved by making more beds available for new patients coming from the operating room (OR). One thought was that coffee would benefit the investigator's patients experience through a number of pathways. Initially, the stimulant effect of coffee would create a more alert patient. A more alert patient is more likely to comprehend home care instruction and be ready for discharge earlier. Coffee is often used as a remedy for morning sickness. Ideally the act of drinking coffee or even smelling the coffee may decrease the occurrence of Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) in investigator's patient population. Finally, patients frequently state that the inability to drink their morning coffee is often more difficult than not being able to eat prior to surgery. By allowing those to drink coffee in PACU this would make the patient feel that they are being cared for on an emotional level, in addition to a physical level.

Overall Status Recruiting
Start Date October 25, 2018
Completion Date October 2020
Primary Completion Date October 2020
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
PACU length of stay 6 hours
Enrollment 300

Intervention Type: Dietary Supplement

Intervention Name: Coffee

Description: Patients will receive coffee in a Styrofoam cup at a temperature of 125 degree Fahrenheit or less. Coffee will be offered to the patient in the PACU once the patient's gag reflex has been restored following their procedure. Volume of estimated coffee consumption will be measured using a sample scale (with a maximum of 300mL of coffee offered)

Arm Group Label: Patients receiving coffee postoperatively



Inclusion criteria:

1. 18 years old or older

2. Admitted to Bethesda North Minimally Invasive Surgery Center

3. Reports to consume at least one cup of coffee a day for at least 5 days in a week

Exclusion Criteria

1. History of PONV

2. Pre-existing cardiac arrhythmias

3. History of seizure disorder

4. Pregnant

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Brandon Ballhaus, BSN, RN Principal Investigator TriHealth Inc.
Overall Contact

Last Name: Rachel Baker, PhD, RN

Phone: 5135696191

Email: [email protected]

Facility: Status: Contact: Bethesda North Hospital Rachel Baker 513-569-6191 [email protected]
Location Countries

United States

Verification Date

May 2019

Responsible Party

Type: Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation: TriHealth Inc.

Investigator Full Name: Rachel Baker

Investigator Title: Nurse Researcher

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 2
Arm Group

Label: Patients receiving coffee postoperatively

Type: Experimental

Description: Patients who self-identify as coffee drinkers and receive coffee postoperatively

Label: Patients not receiving coffee postoperatively

Type: No Intervention

Description: Patients who self-identify as coffee drinkers and do not receive coffee postoperatively

Patient Data No
Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Masking: None (Open Label)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov