Chapter 2. Preoperative Considerations

  1. Adam Brooks FRCS (Gen Surg), DMCC Consultant Senior Lecturer2,3,
  2. Bryan A. Cotton MD, MPH Associate Professor4,
  3. Lt Col Nigel Tai MS, FRCS (Gen Surg), RAMC Consultant Senior Lecturer3,5 and
  4. Col Peter F. Mahoney OBE, TD, MSc, FRCA, RAMC Defence Professor6
  1. Paul Wood Consultant Anaesthetist

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch2

Emergency Surgery

Emergency Surgery

How to Cite

Wood, P. (2010) Preoperative Considerations, in Emergency Surgery (eds A. Brooks, B. A. Cotton, N. Tai and P. F. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Major Trauma Pathway Lead, General Surgery Service Lead, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

  2. 3

    Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK

  3. 4

    Department of Surgery and the Center for Translational Injury Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA

  4. 5

    Defence Medical Services, Trauma Clinical Academic Unit, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK

  5. 6

    RCDM Birmingham Research, Park Vincent Drive, Birmingham, UK

Author Information

  1. University Hospital Birmingham, NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 31 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170253

Online ISBN: 9781444315172



  • preoperative considerations;
  • cardiovascular disease;
  • medical preparation of patient - elective surgical procedure involving identifying actual or potential medical co-morbidity;
  • patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • COPD patients, improvement by attention to nebulised therapy and treating chest infection;
  • patient with a pacemaker;
  • risk factors for postoperative respiratory complications;
  • patients, having restricted fluid intake - requiring preoperatively IV fluids;
  • fasting and IV fluids;
  • consent and identification for surgery


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Clinical presentation

  • Further reading