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Importance of preoperative anaesthetic consultation in perioperative medicine.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta clinica Belgica
Publication Date
Volume
69
Issue
3
Pages
200–203
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1179/0001551214Z.00000000058
PMID: 24761949
Source
Medline
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Abstract

This report describes two patients for whom the preoperative, anaesthetic consultation led to postponing planned surgery because of important, undiagnosed health problems. In one of the two cases, this consultation was even life-saving. However, actual literature cannot prove any advantage on the outcome of the individual patient. The only proven advantages in favour of pre-operative consultation are a reduced length of stay in the hospital and a reduction in the cost of preoperative testing.

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