Preoperative Assessment

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Updated 27 Jun 2024 Certificate ANCC Accredited

A raft of potential complications can occur when a patient undergoes surgery. Detailed preoperative assessments and identification of high-risk surgical patients can reduce the risk of adverse events occurring and improve patient outcomes.

Content

7 Video Units • 15 Questions
Pre-reflection
1 Question
Introduction
2m
Pretest
3 Questions
Nurse-Led Preoperative Assessments
4 Questions
2m
Identifying High-Risk Patients
1 Question
Bariatric Patients
2 Questions
The Older Person
1 Question
Patients with Multiple Comorbidities
2 Questions
Conclusion
1m
Post-reflection
1 Question

What you'll learn:

1

Provide nurse-led care to patients during the preoperative period that is underpinned by best available evidence and improves the preparedness of patients for surgery.

2

Be better able to recognise high-risk individuals during a holistic preoperative assessment to reduce risks associated with surgical interventions.

3

Effectively communicate preoperative assessment findings to the appropriate health professionals to ensure patients receive continuity of care.

Who it's for:

This Ausmed Course is relevant to registered nurses working in medical/surgical environments who are caring for patients undergoing surgical interventions, especially older adults, patients with a high BMI and those with multiple comorbidities.

Why it's needed:

There are inherent risks for any patient undergoing a surgical procedure, such as an unplanned return to theatre, escalation to a critical care environment, disability and even death. Preventing poor outcomes and costly surgical complications is the priority throughout the perioperative phase. Knowing how to perform and report the results of a structured and detailed preoperative assessment, especially of high-risk patients, is essential to reduce the potential of harm through adverse events.

Purpose

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to update and expand your knowledge relating to preoperative assessments, especially in high-risk patients.

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Last updated27 Jun 2024

Published05 Apr 2020

Due for review30 Jul 2024
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