Pre-operative assessment and preparation

Mark Bellamy and Michel Struys

in Anaesthesia for the Overweight and Obese Patient

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ISBN: 9780199233953
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607051 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Pre-operative assessment and preparation

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• Few pre-operative assessment guidelines are specific to obesity. • The purposes of pre-operative assessment are to improve the quality of care and maximise efficient use of theatre time. • Anaesthetists carry an overall responsibility for pre-operative assessment. • In preassessment protocols, morbidly obese patients should be allocated to a higher ASA grade than history alone suggests. • An anaesthetist experienced in treating morbidly obese patients should be involved in pre-operative assessment.

Chapter.  2813 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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