Perioperative Medicine: An Introduction

  • A. Gullo
  • C. M. Celestre
  • A. Paratore
  • F. Stimoli
Conference paper


The term perioperative medicine describes the consultation, care, or co-management of a patient undergoing surgery (the patient preparing for, having and recuperating from surgery and at risk of complications [1]; the patient with specific risks; methods of risk reduction and medical management by healthcare professionals during this time period) provided by a team thanks to the cooperation among anaesthesiologist, surgeon and internal medicine physician. Evidence supporting best practices in perioperative medicine is expanding, though historically, this field has been directed by common practice and experience [2]. Perioperative medical practices represent a true challenge among specialties, among practitioners of a specific specialty and even among specialist in the same category. A wide range of differences exists among practitioners of perioperative medicine in their approach to diagnosing and treating otherwise healthy people who need treatment due to pathology in a specific organ. Given the increasing complexity of care required for hospitalised patients, there is greater reliance on the healthcare system for preoperative assessment. Several institutions have developed surgical/medical co-management teams that jointly care for patients in the perioperative setting. Perioperative medical care is widely recognised as an integral component of overall surgical case management [3, 4].


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  • A. Gullo
  • C. M. Celestre
  • A. Paratore
  • F. Stimoli

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