ABOUT THE GUIDE
This guide was first developed for use as a practical, point-of-care tool at the author's institution's preoperative evaluation clinic. It is written from the perspective of a non-anesthesiologist, non-surgeon but is useful for anyone performing a preoperative evaluation. In transitioning to a web-based format, the intent is to share this resource with other institutions and make the site a source for collaboration. Feedback and submissions should be sent to the author via the CONTACT US link. The site will be continuously updated with enhanced content based on user input, thus making it a "living resource."
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, SFHM is Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he has practiced perioperative medicine for 16 years. He has written, edited, and presented extensively in the field, including at international meetings of the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI), American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), and Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). He is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Perioperative Medicine curriculum on SHM's learning portal (SHM Consults). He also serves as co-chair of SHM's Perioperative Medicine interest group and is the current Vice-President for SPAQI.
1/1/2019 - site published!
1/9/2019 - several grammatical/typographical errors corrected. Credit to Michael Burton, MD, MSPH from UT Southwestern for his thorough review!
1/19/2019 - added explanation of rationale behind hybrid ischemic cardiac disease evaluation algorithm
1/30/2019 - 2019 ACC/AHA atrial fibrillation guideline incorporated
1/31/2019 - UK's Association of Anaesthetists guideline for perioperative management of Jehovah's Witnesses incorporated
3/7/2019 - Geriatrics section added; SPAQI Frailty guideline, ASA Brain Health Initiative guideline, & ACS/AGS Geriatric Management guideline incorporated
3/16/19 - Transfusion indications updated to included Patient Blood Management International Consensus Conference recommendations
6/9/19 - DIFFMASK score & MDCalc ARISCAT index link added to Respiratory section; updated several medications, including new consensus recommendations for SGLT inhibitors; added section on malignant hyperthermia to Other
11/1/19 - in Ischemic Cardiac Risk algorithm, added guidance for surgeries not contained within available MACE risk calculators