Preoperative Assessment of the Patient for the Planned Position

  • C. Wayne Hamm
  • Jaafar Basma


Preanesthesia evaluation, which we define as the process of clinical assessment preceding the delivery of anesthesia care for surgery and nonsurgical procedures, is an essential component of basic anesthetic practice. This evaluation includes assessing anesthetic risks associated with the patient’s medical conditions, therapies, alternative treatments, surgical, and other procedures as well as assessing options for anesthetic techniques. The benefits of a preanesthesia evaluation include, but are not limited to, greater safety in perioperative care, optimal resource use, improved outcomes, and increased patient satisfaction. In this chapter, we will confine our discussion of the preanesthesia evaluation to the assessment of the patient’s tolerance of the position required for the anticipated neurosurgical procedure.


Preanesthesia evaluation Supine position Lateral position Sitting position Prone position 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Wayne Hamm
    • 1
  • Jaafar Basma
    • 2
  1. 1.Medical Anesthesia GroupGermantownUSA
  2. 2.University of Tennessee Health Sciences CenterMemphisUSA

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