Patient selection not determined by 1 factor

January 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jan2007, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
As more procedures and patients move to the outpatient surgery setting, it becomes critical to carefully evaluate the appropriateness of each patient as an outpatient surgical candidate. Well-developed policies help staff members and surgeons ensure patient safety. • Look at the combination of age, length of procedure, and general health status for each patient to determine risk as opposed to setting only age limits or length-of-procedure limits. • Use guidelines from the American Society of Anesthesiologists in the development of your policies. • Consider factors such as staff experience and skill, surgeon skill, facility limitations, and medical backup plans when determining your parameters for patient selection.


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