Q: 34 year old female is admitted to ICU after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery(VATS) due to persistent severe nausea and an episode of vomiting in recovery area. All of the following are predictor of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) except?
A) complain of nausea and vomiting prior to the surgery
B) Female gender
C) Smoking status
D) Young age
E) History of motion sickness
It may be of interest to know that non-smoking status is an independent risk factor for PONV. As expected, all other choices in the question are good predictors of PONV.
Female gender is considered to be the strongest overall predictor for PONV.
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