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Perioperative medicine: Overview

This guide has been designed for anaesthetists interested in Perioperative Medicine to locate relevant resources on this topic, including those available through the ANZCA library.



  Centre for Perioperative Care - Guidelines and Resources

CPOC is a new cross-organisational, multidisciplinary initiative led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists to facilitate cross-organisational working on perioperative care for patient benefit.

CPOC is a partnership between patients and the public, other professional stakeholders including Medical Royal Colleges, NHS England and the equivalent bodies responsible for healthcare in the other UK devolved nations.

Articles​Hewson DW, Moppett I. Preoperative fasting and prevention of pulmonary aspiration in adults: research feast, quality improvement famine. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2020;2020 Jan 21. 

ArticlesClair C, Engström Åsa, Strömbäck Ulrica. Strategies to relieve patients' preoperative anxiety before anesthesia: experiences of nurse anesthetists. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 2019.

Perioperative Care and Enhanced Recovery after Surgery. Research review. July 2017

A discussion between Prof Andrew Hill (Colorectal Surgeon) and Dr Nick Lightfoot (Anaesthestist) at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (July, 2017).

The discussion centres on principles of Perioperative Care and Enhanced Recovery after Surgery, and will be of interest to all healthcare professionals involved in the surgical process. 

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – Who should lead perioperative care?
  • Part 3 – Prof Henrik Kehlet’s approach to perioperative care
  • Part 4 – Are perioperative care programmes too complicated?
  • Part 5 – Key elements in a local ERAS programme
  • Part 6 - Summary

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Perioperative Medicine SIG

For more information about this Special Interest Group (SIG), including information about recommended courses and details about Fellowships for trainees, please visit the Perioperative Medicine page or the Anaesthesia Continuing Education website.

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