Routine Preoperative Screening

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Banchong Udomthavornsuk
Pisake Lumbiganon



Preoperative laboratory testing in preparing the patient for surgery should be indicated by the medical history of the patient, type and extent of the planned surgical procedure. Routine screening without indication has very little value in patient care, is not cost effective, and may cause disadvantage to the patient. Hence routine screening is inappropriate and should not be practiced.


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Udomthavornsuk B, Lumbiganon P. Routine Preoperative Screening. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2013 Nov. 1 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];24(3):278-82. Available from:
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