Perioperative Care

The perioperative period spans from patient preparation for surgery through postoperative rehabilitation. Perioperative care is interdisciplinary, often involving preoperative primary care clinicians, nursing staff, anesthesia providers, surgical team members, care coordinators, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and more.

Effective and efficient perioperative processes help optimize surgical outcomes, patient satisfaction, healthcare worker experience, and cost. Perioperative care guidelines promote utilization of evidence-based patient interventions that can help achieve this quadruple aim of healthcare (Wainwright et al., 2020). Furthermore, encoding perioperative guidelines to the Omaha System helps increase interoperability of evidence.

Wainwright, T. W., Gill, M., McDonald, D. A., Middleton, R. G., Reed, M., Sahota, O., Yates, P., & Ljungqvist, O. (2020). Consensus statement for perioperative care in total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society recommendations. Acta Orthopaedica, 91(1), 3-19. doi: 10.1080/17453674.2019.1683790