Preoperative assessment in patients presenting for elective surgery

Carol E. Gray, Julie Baruah-Young, Christopher Payne

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    Preoperative assessment of patients undergoing elective surgery is vital to ensure patients have underlying comorbidities identified, appropriate investigations performed and are optimized prior to the day of surgery. Anaesthetic pre-assessment is usually initiated at the pre-assessment clinic. A thorough assessment should include a careful history and examination as well as assessment of both the airway and functional capacity. This article provides a systematic approach to the assessment process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)597-602
    Number of pages6
    JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
    Issue number10
    Early online date13 Aug 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


    • Airway assessment
    • cardiac risk assessment
    • investigations
    • preoperative assessment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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