Perioperative care: who, when, and why?
AbstractPerioperative care aims to improve outcomes for patients around the time of their operation. If this benefit is viewed as achieving a complication-free, early discharge following a surgical episode, then good care before, during, and after the operation is encompassed within it. In order to span this timeframe, perioperative care needs to be delivered collaboratively across the broad team looking after the patient, including anaesthetists, surgeons, and nursing staff.
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