Show Summary Details
Page of

Anesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques 

Anesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques
Chapter:
Anesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques
Author(s):

Young Su

, Salma El Marjiya-Villarreal

, and George W. Williams

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0016
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 October 2019

The preoperative evaluation of a patient is an essential part of the care provided by an anesthesiologist. Its role is to provide information both to the anesthesiologist, for decision-making and management, and to the patient. The preoperative workup should be tailored to the individual with the goal of obtaining further information regarding a disease state or to provide the necessary treatments. After an overall history and physical examination, a focused exam on the patient’s cardiac risk factors should be assessed for necessity of further evaluation. The physical examination should thoroughly evaluate the patient’s airway for specific risk factors for a difficult airway. Special consideration should be given to patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, recent upper respiratory infections (URI), and preoperative do-not-resuscitate orders. Management of chronic disease is reviewed; this content is likely to be useful as more anesthesiology groups institute the perioperative surgical initiative supported by the ASA.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.