Pre-Operative Investigations

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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.