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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: 10/07/2023

Key Resources

Association for Perioperative Practice (2022) Standards and guidance
Guideline for perioperative care for people with diabetes mellitusundergoing elective and emergency surgery. London: CPOC.
NHS England (2023) National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)
Royal College of Anaesthetists: Guidance and resources
We would like to thank the RCN Perioperative member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


The Royal Marsden manual online
  • Chapter 16 covers Perioperative care.
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Book cover Al-Shaikh B and Stacey S (2023) Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care and peri-operative medicine. 6th edn. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Book cover Craig A and Hatfield A (2020) The complete recovery room book. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book cover Freedman R, Herbert L, O'Donnell A, Ross N, Wilson D Iain and Allman K G (2022) Oxford handbook of anaesthesia. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ljungqvist O, Francis N K, Urman R D (eds.) (2020) Enhanced recovery after surgery: a complete guide to optimizing outcomes. Cham: Springer.
MacKenzie C R, Cornell R N, Memtsoudis S G (eds.) (2020) Perioperative care of the orthopedic patient. 2nd edn. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Odom-Forren J (2023) Drain's perianesthesia nursing: a critical care approach. 8th edn. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Book cover Radford M, Kisiel M and Smith A (eds.) (2016) Oxford handbook of surgical nursing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book cover Wicker P (2015) Perioperative practice at a glance. Chichester: Wiley
Book cover Wicker P and Dalby S (2016) Rapid perioperative care. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

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Journal Cover Journals of interest for perioperative care. Use these links to see details of availability.

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