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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: 16/10/2017

Key Resources

Association for Perioperative Practice (2015) Standards and guidance
NHS England (2015) 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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The Perioperative Care Collaborative (2015) Position statement: Optimising the contribution of the perioperative support worker.
Royal College of Anaesthetists (2017) Guidelines for the provision of post-operative care 2017, London: RCoA.
We would like to thank the RCN Perioperative member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Abbott H and Booth H (2014) Foundations for operating department practice Abbott H and Booth H (2014) Foundations for operating department practice, Maidenhead: Open University Press
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 edition), Harrogate: AfPP.
Cochran - into Cochran A, Braga R (editors) (2017) Introduction to the operating room, New York: McGraw-Hill. 
Cousley - a perioperative model Cousley A and Martin D (editors) (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, 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, St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders
Urman R and Vadivelu N (2013) Perioperative pain management, Oxford: Oxford University Press Urman R and Vadivelu N (2013) Perioperative pain management, 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, Dalby S (2016) Rapid perioperative care, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Woodhead K and Fudge L (2012) Manual of perioperative care: an essential guide, Chichester: Wiley Woodhead K and Fudge L (2012) Manual of perioperative care: an essential guide, Chichester: Wiley

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Journals

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Pete Folly

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