Over the past 20 years public health expenditure has progressively increased for various reasons. With the aim of reducing public health expenditure and hospital stays, alternative models of public health care have been more widely adopted over the past two decades: Day Hospital, day surgery and ambulatory surgery. What is meant by ambulatory surgery is the clinical, organisational and administrative possibility of performing surgical operations and/or invasive and semi-invasive diagnostic procedures without hospitalisation of patients, in doctors' surgeries, outpatient departments or protected outpatient facilities. For both the patients and the centres providing the service to be able to exploit all the advantages stemming from this kind of health care provision, careful patient selection is mandatory, including assessment of the impact of any potential concomitant pathologies. Starting from their own personal experience and existing reports in the international literature, the authors analyse the impact that concomitant pathologies may have on patient selection for ambulatory surgery. The authors conclude that thorough preoperative evaluation of all the possible variables involved is the only way of ensuring the success of ambulatory surgery.

Ambulatory surgery: preoperative assessment

OCCHIONORELLI, Savino;PELLEGRINI, Davide;
2001

Abstract

Over the past 20 years public health expenditure has progressively increased for various reasons. With the aim of reducing public health expenditure and hospital stays, alternative models of public health care have been more widely adopted over the past two decades: Day Hospital, day surgery and ambulatory surgery. What is meant by ambulatory surgery is the clinical, organisational and administrative possibility of performing surgical operations and/or invasive and semi-invasive diagnostic procedures without hospitalisation of patients, in doctors' surgeries, outpatient departments or protected outpatient facilities. For both the patients and the centres providing the service to be able to exploit all the advantages stemming from this kind of health care provision, careful patient selection is mandatory, including assessment of the impact of any potential concomitant pathologies. Starting from their own personal experience and existing reports in the international literature, the authors analyse the impact that concomitant pathologies may have on patient selection for ambulatory surgery. The authors conclude that thorough preoperative evaluation of all the possible variables involved is the only way of ensuring the success of ambulatory surgery.
Mitaritonno, M; Occhionorelli, Savino; Pellegrini, Davide; CARELLA M., CARBONARA G; Presicce, L. POLLINZI FONTE V.
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