The preoperative evaluation consists of identifying both surgical and anesthetic risk. Given that the administration of a regional or general anesthetic is often more of a hazard than the actual surgery, the preanesthetic assessment is therefore the most important preoperative evaluation in assuring patient safety. Added to the task of appropriately assigning preoperative risk is the growing demand to perform more outpatient and same day admission surgery. It is now common practice to perform coronary artery bypass grafting or even a craniotomy on a same day admission basis. It is imperative that patients who are cared for by their primary care physician be seen in the days preceding their scheduled surgery.
KeywordsCoronary Artery Bypass Grafting Risk Classification Difficult Airway Malignant Hyperthermia Severe Systemic Disease
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