Preparing patients to undergo surgery

Birmingham City University.
Nursing times 11/2011; 108(48):12-3.
Source: PubMed


Pre-operative preparation is vital to patient safety and a key nursing role. Careful preparation can minimise anxiety, and therefore physical effects, and ensure patients arrive in the operating department ready for surgery. This involves a range of procedures, including ensuring patients understand the operation, and are able to give informed consent, unless this is not possible due to age or mental capacity.

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