The format, timing, and scope of preanesthesia evaluation are evolving to adapt to changes in ambulatory surgery. Screening ambulatory patients well in advance of surgery has several advantages, especially as numbers of outpatients grow in volume and complexity, given the persistent pressure to improve efficiency and maintain safety standards. The goal of this screening is to perform a targeted anesthesia evaluation in the context of the planned procedure. Information from this evaluation can be used to obtain additional tests and consultations and to generate an anesthetic plan. Indiscriminate laboratory testing has no role in the outpatient surgery setting.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Problems in Anesthesia|
|State||Published - Apr 19 1999|