Nurse-led pre-operative assessment for elective surgical patients
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Nurse-led pre-operative assessment for elective surgical patients

Amanda Beck Clinical leader pre-operative assessment, Airedale General Hospital, West Yorkshire

Effective pre-operative assessment improves patient outcomes by ensuring that individuals are adequately prepared for anaesthesia, surgery and the post-operative period. It can also improve hospital efficiency by reducing patient waiting times and enabling early discharge. Nurse-led pre-operative assessment for elective surgery is becoming increasingly recognised as a valuable method of ensuring that patients have a safe and well-planned hospital stay. This article examines the role of the pre-operative assessment nurse within a nurse-led service for elective surgery at a district general hospital.

Nursing Standard. 21, 51,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.08.21.51.35.c4609

Correspondence

amanda.beck@anhst.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review