Pre-Operative Investigations

Guidelines

Pre-op Investigations 2017

 

Background/Reference Material/

The topic of ‘Preoperative Investigations’ is covered in all standard anaesthesia texts.

The UK NICE Guidelines also provide a useful framework.

 

Discussion Notes

A common source of confusion arises from a question of purpose:-  If the consideration of a test is solely limited to the planned procedure, then few tests may be indicated.  If, however, the purpose of the pre-procedural evaluation is a broader review of the patient’s health status (particularly if their primary care has been suboptimal), then it may be considered appropriate to order a wider range of tests.