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Pre-operative assessment of elective surgical patients

28 March 2012

Nursing Standard


Patients due to undergo elective surgery who are not considered to be medically fit, may have their operation postponed or even cancelled. Not only will this result...

Measuring anxiety in surgical patients using a visual analogue scale

17 November 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Since the early days of surgery patients have been anxious about undergoing operations. This feeling remains common today despite advances in medicine and surgical...

Using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale in surgical patients

27 April 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Patients admitted to hospital to undergo an elective surgical procedure often feel frightened and anxious. Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure...

Why adolescents need their parents during admission to hospital for elective surgery

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence & practice

Abstract The literature about adolescence and healthcare tends to focus on the quest for independence and the importance of peer support. This article discusses the...