Preoperative care

Preoperative care refers to health care provided before a surgical operation. The aim of preoperative care is to do whatever is right to increase the success of the surgery. At some point before the operation the health care provider will assess the fitness of the person to have surgery. This assessment should include whatever tests are indicated, but not include screening for conditions without an indication. Immediately before surgery the person’s body is prepared, perhaps by washing with an antiseptic, and whenever possible their anxiety is addressed to make them comfortable.