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Preoperative assessment 

Preoperative assessment
Preoperative assessment

Stephen Chapman

, Grace Robinson

, John Stradling

, Sophie West

, and John Wrightson

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date: 17 December 2018

The respiratory physician may be asked to review a patient prior to emergency or elective surgery. This will usually be in the context of the patient with known respiratory disease, often COPD. This chapter gives suggestion for the approach to this assessment and options for management. These principally include strategies to optimize the underlying respiratory disease such as inhaler therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, chest physiotherapy, CPAP, smoking cessation. Risk factors for perioperative complications are listed.

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