Time in the operating theatre makes up only a part of a surgeon’s time. Ensuring optimal pre-operative and post-operative care is essential for all patients and will lead to the best outcomes.
A patient’s journey may well start with the pre-operative assessment and then optimising them for surgery. All surgeons should be well versed in key concepts such as fluid management, blood products, and nutritional optimisation, which are covered in this section.
Unfortunately, despite patient selection and optimisation, patients will still develop post-operative complications, and it is down to the surgical team to manage these appropriately. Knowing how to approach post-operative pain or pyrexia is covered within this section, as are the more specific complications such as wound infections, acute kidney injury, and pneumonia.
Ensure to head over to the “On The Wards” section to watch the lecture videos covering important topics junior doctors will come across when working on the surgical wards.