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Perioperative Care

Perioperative care is work in settings where surgical care is being given. This includes preoperative assessment and outpatient clinics, surgical wards, operating departments and post-anaesthetic care/recovery rooms. Use this guide to find information resources about perioperative care including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 13/08/2020

Key Resources

Association for Perioperative Practice (2015) Standards and guidance
NHS England (last updated 2019) National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2015) NICE pathway: preoperative tests.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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Royal College of Anaesthetists (2019) Guidelines for the provision of postoperative care 2019, London: RCoA.
We would like to thank the RCN Perioperative member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Association for Perioperative Practice (2016) Standards and recommendations for safe perioperative practice (4th edition), Harrogate: AfPP. Association for Perioperative Practice (2016) Standards and recommendations for safe perioperative practice. 4th edn. Harrogate: AfPP.
Allman K G, Wilson I H and O'Donnell A (2016) Oxford handbook of anaesthesia. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press Allman K G, Wilson I H and O'Donnell A (eds.) (2016) Oxford handbook of anaesthesia. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Al-Shaikh B and Stacey S (2018) Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care and peri-operative medicine (5th edition), Edinburgh: Elsevier. Al-Shaikh B and Stacey S (2018) Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care and peri-operative medicine. 5th edn. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Cousley - a perioperative model Cousley A and Martin D (eds.) (2016) A perioperative model and framework for practice. Keswick: M&K Update.
Hatfield A (2014) The complete recovery room book Hatfield A (2014) The complete recovery room book. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Nagelhout J and Plaus K (2014) Handbook of anesthesia, St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders Nagelhout J and Plaus K (2014) Handbook of anesthesia. 5th edn. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders
Odom-Forren J (2017) Drain's perianesthesia nursing: a critical care approach (7th edition), Amsterdam: Elsevier. Odom-Forren J (2017) Drain's perianesthesia nursing: a critical care approach. 7th edn. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Radford M, Kisiel M and Smith A (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of surgical nursing, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Radford M, Kisiel M and Smith A (eds.) (2016) Oxford handbook of surgical nursing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wicker P (2015) Perioperative practice at a glance, Chichester: Wiley Wicker P (2015) Perioperative practice at a glance. Chichester: Wiley
Wicker - rapid Wicker P and Dalby S (2016) Rapid perioperative care. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

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Journals

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Dawn Williams

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RCN Library and Archive Service

Page last updated - 13/08/2020