As the name suggests, a pre-anaesthetic assessment consists of a medical consultation with a specialist anaesthetist prior to the administration of an anaesthetic for surgery or medical/dental procedures. This is an essential component of the anaesthetic process, as it enables your anaesthetic specialist to perform a medical check-up, order relevant investigations, and formulate a peri-operative management plan that is tailored especially for you.
The pre-anaesthetic assessment may occur on the day of surgery, or your anaesthetist may call you for a telephone consultation, or you may be required to attend an appointment at the specialist’s rooms prior to your surgery/procedure. This will depend on the type of surgery/procedure, and the general health of each patient.
During the consultation, your anaesthetist will assess your physical health, and any medical issues that are present. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify any concerns that you may have prior to your surgery/procedure. Where appropriate, your anaesthetist will organise for investigations (e.g. blood tests, X-rays, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram) and may also refer you to other specialists (e.g. cardiologist, respiratory physician) for further evaluation prior to your surgery/procedure.
This is necessary so that you are adequately assessed and prepared, and therefore receive the best and safest anaesthetic care, which will then contribute to an optimal outcome following your surgery or procedure.