Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How can a patient become Strong for Surgery?

We commonly discuss the 4 Ps, the four factors that determine the outcome of surgery: the patient, the problem (the diagnosis) the procedure (the operation), and the physician (the surgeon doing the procedure).

Strong for Surgery is a program designed to reduce the risk of surgery by paying attention to perhaps the most important of the 4 Ps, the patient. It includes checklists that doctors can use to assess patient risk and guidelines for patients to reduce risk by optimizing nutrition, blood sugar control, stopping smoking and discussing all medications with the surgical team.

See also our pre surgery check list for patients.

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