The goals and mechanics of preoperative assessment, and a rationale for its use, guide the setup of a preoperative clinic. With an organ systems approach (pulmonary, cardiac, renal, and endocrine) and with suggestions for the clinics' functional efficiency, physical structure, and quality assessment, the authors' recommendations allow the clinician to complete the preoperative assessment in a timely, cost-effective manner. Detailed recommendations for staffing and patient flow are also discussed in this article.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine