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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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MORALES CASTRO, Diana. Valoración preoperatoria: función anestésica. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.2, pp.98-103. ISSN 2215-5287.

In our country the pre-surgery evaluation has become limited to an approval to perform it. Preparing a patient for surgery requires the understanding of its medical condition, surgery’s risks, and the physiological alterations of each anesthetics procedure. Patients without a pre-surgery evaluation by an anesthesiologist have seven times higher risk of death; it is pertinent that this evaluation be performed by specialists with knowledge on the perioperative optimization goals, on comorbidities, and decrease of the surgical risks.

Keywords : Preoperative assesmnent; anesthesia; surgery; surgery risk.

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