Giving anesthesiologists what they want: How to write a useful preoperative consult

David Lubarsky, Keith Candiotti

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Abstract

Anesthesiologists are the primary users of preoperative medical consultations (consults), but the information in consults is often of limited usefulness to anesthesiologists and the rest of the surgical and perioperative team. The purpose of a consult is not to "clear" a patient for surgery but rather to optimize a patient's underlying disease states before they are compounded by the insult of surgery. Too often consults provide advice on subjects that are in the realm of expertise of the anesthesiologist-such as the type of anesthesia to administer or what intraoperative monitoring to use-and thus risk being ignored. Consults should instead provide specifi c data about the patient that are pertinent to the surgery, as well as guidance on preoperative and postoperative disease management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Volume76
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Referral and Consultation
Intraoperative Monitoring
Disease Management
Anesthesia
Anesthesiologists

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Giving anesthesiologists what they want : How to write a useful preoperative consult. / Lubarsky, David; Candiotti, Keith.

In: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Vol. 76, No. SUPPL. 4, 01.11.2009.

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