Preoperative Evaluation Center (PEC)
Anesthesiologists have become increasingly involved not only in the administration of operating room anesthesia, but in the total perioperative care of the surgical patient. The Johns Hopkins Preoperative Evaluation Center ensures that patients coming to surgery have the safest experience possible. The staff in the PEC gather the necessary clinical information from a patient's doctors to optimize each patient before going to the operating room. Residents in the PEC learn generally accepted preoperative guidelines and evaluate pre-anesthesia patients scheduled for surgery. The residents identify factors that put patients at increased risk for complications from anesthesia and surgery, compare risks and benefits of the proposed operation, and recommend further evaluation and risk modification as necessary.
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