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Abstract: Anaesthesia for day surgery.


Russon K, Thomas A.


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.


J Perioper Pract. 2007 Jul;17(7):302-7.


The Department of Health (DH) proposes that 75% of elective surgery should be performed as a day case procedure (NHS Plan 2000). To achieve this some modification of the traditional selection criteria may be required and careful thought given to the patient pathway, including the anaesthetic technique. Successful anaesthesia for day case surgery requires a balanced anaesthetic technique and multidisciplinary input which commences at booking, runs through preoperative assessment and continues to a nurse-led discharge. Suitable patients need to be selected (Digner 2007), prepared both physically and psychologically, undergo minimally invasive surgery with a suitable anaesthetic technique encompassing good pain relief and the avoidance of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Pain and PONV are the most common causes for a patient to require unplanned admission (Junger 2001).