Who is responsible for premedication?

  • AndrĂ© Coetzee University of Stellenbosch
Keywords: premedication


Recently, I became aware of a practice whereby patients are routinely evaluated by specialist physicians prior to undergoing anaesthesia and surgery. The anaesthesiologists concerned subsequently paid a very brief visit to their patients immediately before surgery and examined the patients cursorily. I am unsure if this practice is widespread. Nevertheless, I am aware of a number of such cases.

Author Biography

André Coetzee, University of Stellenbosch
MBChB, MMed, FFA(SA), FFARCS, MD, PhD Professor and Executive Chairman Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Faculty of Health Sciences University of Stellenbosch Tygerberg
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