Jennifer F. Wilson
Wilson JF. Preoperative Evaluation. Ann Intern Med. 2009;151:ITC1-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-151-1-200907070-01006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;151(1):ITC1-1.
Although every surgical procedure carries some degree of risk, most surgeries carry minimal risk. The goal of preoperative risk assessment is to identify procedure and patient factors that significantly elevate the risk for complications. Careful, directed preoperative evaluation enables implementation of strategies to mitigate risk.
Healthy patients have significant physiologic reserves and tolerate major and minor surgical procedures well. The risk for serious medical complications from surgery is less than 0.1% overall in healthy patients. When evaluating healthy patients before surgery, physicians should use a focused history and physical examination to predict the risk for serious medical complications.
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