Postoperative Evaluation and Care

  • Kim O’Connor
  • Molly Blackley JacksonEmail author


Medicine consultants are often called upon to collaborate on the care of patients in the immediate post-operative period. Attention to medical comorbidities, operative and anesthetic course, and a thoughtful postoperative history and physical examination can help support optimal care and reduce complications. This chapter provides an overview of medical assessment in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), common immediate postoperative complications, and common issues to consider when newly consulting or following patients longitudinally after a surgical procedure.


Postoperative evaluation Postoperative assessment Immediate postoperative complications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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