Peri-operative Medicine is the patient-centred and value-based multidisciplinary peri-operative care of surgical patients. Peri-operative stress, that is the collective response to stimuli occurring before, during and after surgery, is, together with pre-existing comorbidities, the pathophysiological basis of major adverse events. The ultimate goal of peri-operative medicine is to promote high quality recovery after surgery. Clinical scores and/or biomarkers should be used to identify patients at high risk of developing major adverse events throughout the peri-operative period. Allocation of high-risk patients to specific care pathways with peri-operative organ protection, close surveillance and specific early interventions is likely to improve patient-relevant outcomes, such as disability, health-related quality of life and mortality.
From the Division of Anaesthesiology, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva (BBP, BW), Geneva Perioperative Basic, Translational and Clinical Research Group, Geneva, Switzerland (BBP, BW), Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden (MC) and Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (GLB)
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