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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...

Optimising patient management before and after surgery

01 October 2010

Nursing Management


Enhanced recovery involves the implementation of several evidence-based interventions concurrently in pathways of care for surgery, rather than individually, to...

Assessment of anaemia in elective pre-operative orthopaedic patients

18 August 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The transfusion of components made from human blood carries a small risk to the recipient. Pre-operative preparation, ensuring that the patient is not anaemic before...

Putting education into practice for pre-operative patient assessment

02 August 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article provides a background to current practice in pre-operative assessment (POA) and outlines a POA lead nurse role that was successfully introduced in two...

Nurse-led paediatric pre operative assessment: an equivalence study

01 April 2006

Paediatric Nursing


Aim: to explore whether nurses can undertake the pre operative assessment of children prior to day case surgery as safely as senior house officers. Design: a...

Developing a clinic to meet patients’ pre-operative needs

10 April 2012

Cancer Nursing Practice

A&S Science

This article describes a practice development project at a gynaecological oncology centre aimed at improving patient experience before admission for major pelvic...

The ultimate gift

09 March 2010

Nursing Standard


Donating an organ to someone you do not know is a huge decision. But for one nurse, it was something she felt she had to do.

An overview of the principles of preoperative care

24 August 2018

Nursing Standard

surgical care

There has been an increase in the number of patients requiring surgery who also have complex medical needs. Factors such as being overweight, the presence of...

How to provide preoperative care to patients

30 November 2020

Nursing Standard


Preoperative care refers to the physical and psychosocial care that prepares a patient to undergo surgery safely. The preoperative period begins when the patient is...

Craniopagus: a proposed nursing care protocol

16 October 2023

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence and practice

Craniopagus is a rare condition in which the skulls of conjoined twins, and the neurovascular structures in their skulls, are incompletely separated. Separation...