Congratulations on your success in reaching Year 2, and welcome to the first module.

You are a self-selected group who have made a considerable commitment. In Year 1 you have acquired much of the basic scientific knowledge which helps you manage your patients. Year 2 should fit with your clinical training and experience.

Managing surgical patients is becoming even more challenging. We perform more complex operations for patients with significant comorbidity, and are under increasing pressure to do it more safely and efficiently. We hope to equip you to face these challenges.

During the next 3 weeks we hope that you will appreciate the importance of good pre-operative assessment in allowing you to identify and communicate to the patient the likely risks associated with their surgery, and plan techniques to minimise those risks.

You should read the learning objectives below and then participate on the discussion board: Pre-operative Assessment Discussion Board<

Additional resources relating to the learning objectives can be found at the bottom of this page.

You should complete the MCQs: Pre-operative Assessment MCQs

You have been given a discussion board summary topic for this module - click 'in course assessment' above for more details.

Learning Objectives


Preoperative assessment
  • Optimum preoperative management
    • Optimising co-morbid conditions
    • Assessment of Functional Status
    • Appropriate Investigations
  • Emergency vs Elective surgery
  • Procedure risk and Patient risk
  • Perioperative drug management
  • PONV and Pain management
  • Perioperative Guidelines
Intra-operative safety
  • Checklists
  • Site marking
  • Thromboprophylaxis
  • Positioning
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis

Additional resources can be found by clicking the links below:

Pre-operative assessment & investigation
Managing co-morbid conditions

Airway Assessment & management
Preventing post-operative nausea and vomiting
Theatre safety

  • In-course Assessment
Discussion Boards
Pre-operative Assessment