The high-risk patient for ambulatory surgery

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Purpose of review This article describes the processes for identifying high-risk patients at the time of ambulatory procedure scheduling, enabling the implementation of multidisciplinary collaborative pathways for prehabilitation and optimization, allowing for risk mitigation and improvement in outcomes. This review is particularly relevant because of the current proliferation of ambulatory surgery with more complex procedures being performed on an outpatient basis on patients who may be American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status 3 or greater. Recent findings Increased longevity and rising prevalence of obesity have resulted in patients with a wide variety of comorbidities presenting for complex ambulatory procedures with the expectation of rapid recovery and same-day discharge to home. Recent literature highlights the importance of patient preparation, valuebased healthcare, patient outcomes, and the role of anesthesiologists as perioperative physicians. Summary The focus of this article is on general principles and establishment of best practices based on current evidence and a brief description of anesthetic management of specific comorbidities. This review will provide guidance to the practicing anesthesiologist on identifying, stratifying, optimizing, and managing high-risk patients in the ambulatory setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-731
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent opinion in anaesthesiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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