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Perioperative medicine: Other resources

This page contains educational resources that are related to the topic of Perioperative Medicine.

Drop the pre-op toolkit

Cover of drop the pre-op toolkit bookletDrop the pre-op: A toolkit for reducing unnecessary visits and investigations in pre-operative clinics

This toolkit was created to support the implementation of interventions designed to reduce unnecessary visits and decrease unnecessary investigations in pre-operative clinics. It can be used by physician groups and organisations that provide pre-operative assessments in order to optimise the process.

By using the interventions described in this toolkit North York General Hospital has been able to lower its pre-operative clinical lab testing by 38%, sustained since February 2015.

Visit Choosing Wisely Canada to download the toolkit and find more information and resources.

Centre for Perioperative Care

Centre for Perioperative Care - Guidelines

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.

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Learning resources

Perioperative Interactive Education tools range from online patient simulations to three-dimensional anatomical visualizations. Created by the Toronto General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, PIE covers topics such as TEE and fluid management.

Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting

The Government of Western Australia Department of Health have created a number of resources to support discussions around Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting. These resources are available at this link.

The Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting teaching package has been developed by a team of Australian clinicians and aims to help doctors and medical students to address one of the most sensitive issues in healthcare – having conversations with patients and families about the expected benefits and potential harms of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The package aims to:

  • Support clinicians and medical students to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to initiate and engage in patient-centred conversations, particularly about CPR decision-making;
  • Ensure that patients are actively involved in determining their goals of care and preferences for appropriate intervention and treatment, in the event of their deterioration
  • Influence system-wide change in end-of-life decision-making and care;
  • Be delivered flexibly according to the audience’s experience, needs and time available;
  • Encourage reflection and critical thinking.

For further information or to provide feedback please email the WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network palliative care team at

The Government of Western Australia: Department of Health provides facilitator and learning support resources, including PowerPoint slides and workshop handouts, aim to optimise the learning experience, to access these resources proceed to the Advance CPR decision making in the hospital setting: Teaching package webpage.

The Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting teaching resource has been reproduced with permission from the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, the Government of Western Australia, Department of Health 2015.

Department of Health, Western Australia. Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting Teaching Resource: WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, Department of Health, Western Australia 2015.

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