Preanesthetic assessment of the ambulatory surgery patient

P. Phillips, E. A.M. Frost

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Although most patients are suitable candidates for ambulatory surgery, in some situations this new mode of surgery is not indicated. Because of this, careful preanesthetic evaluation is needed. In some instances, ambulatory surgery requires that the anesthesiologist's role be extended increasingly toward that of a primary care physician in terms of preoperative evaluations. Although routine testing is not cost effective, special laboratory evaluations are indicated in certain circumstances and should not be overlooked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-809
Number of pages9
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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