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Pre-operative assessment and preparation 

Pre-operative assessment and preparation
Pre-operative assessment and preparation

Mark Bellamy

and Michel Struys

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date: 04 December 2020

Few pre-operative assessment guidelines are specific to obesity.

The purposes of pre-operative assessment are to improve the quality of care and maximise efficient use of theatre time.

Anaesthetists carry an overall responsibility for pre-operative assessment.

In preassessment protocols, morbidly obese patients should be allocated to a higher ASA grade than history alone suggests.

An anaesthetist experienced in treating morbidly obese patients should be involved in pre-operative assessment.

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