Preoperative Assessment

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CPD32m of CPD
First Published
Updated09 March 2022
Expires 30 March 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

A raft of potential complications can occur when a patient undergoes surgery. Detailed preoperative assessments and identification of high-risk surgical patients can reduce the risk of adverse events occurring and improve patient outcomes.

  • What are nurse-led pre-op assessments?
  • How can we identify high-risk patients before surgery?
  • What are preoperative best-practices for patients with a high BMI, older adults and patients with multiple comorbidities?

There are inherent risks for any patient undergoing a surgical procedure, such as an unplanned return to theatre, escalation to a critical care environment, disability and even death. Preventing poor outcomes and costly surgical complications is the priority throughout the perioperative phase. Knowing how to perform and report the results of a structured and detailed preoperative assessment, especially of high-risk patients, is essential to reduce the potential of harm through adverse events.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to update and expand your knowledge relating to preoperative assessments, especially in high-risk patients.

Learning Outcomes
  • Provide nurse-led care to patients during the preoperative period that is underpinned by best available evidence and improves the preparedness of patients for surgery.
  • Be better able to recognise high-risk individuals during a holistic preoperative assessment to reduce risks associated with surgical interventions.
  • Effectively communicate preoperative assessment findings to the appropriate health professionals to ensure patients receive continuity of care.
Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to registered nurses working in medical/surgical environments who are caring for patients undergoing surgical interventions, especially older adults, patients with a high BMI and those with multiple comorbidities.


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CPD32m of CPD
First Published
Updated09 March 2022
30 March 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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