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Preoperative Patient Evaluation for Anesthesia Care Outside of the Operating Room 

Preoperative Patient Evaluation for Anesthesia Care Outside of the Operating Room
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Preoperative Patient Evaluation for Anesthesia Care Outside of the Operating Room
Author(s):

Yasmeen Beg

and BobbieJean Sweitzer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0002
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date: 18 August 2019

Increasing numbers of patients with serious comorbidities undergo procedures that require anesthesia services outside of the operating room (OOOR). A general anesthetic requiring instrumentation of the airway may pose a greater risk than many procedures performed in OOOR settings. A thorough review of the patient’s history and medical records should be undertaken as part of the preanesthetic assessment. Preprocedure testing is often unnecessary unless there is a medical indication or the results will alter management. The patient’s comorbidities and the nature of the procedure are considered when managing medications. Preparation to lower the risk of complications and improve outcomes during and after procedures requiring anesthesia is the most important goal. Identification and modification of risk are essential. As the numbers of patients having anesthesia in OOOR locations increase, anesthesiologists must continue to innovate to provide patients with the best preoperative services.

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