Preoperative Laboratory Investigations: Rates and Variability Prior to Low-risk Surgical Procedures.

@article{Kirkham2016PreoperativeLI,
  title={Preoperative Laboratory Investigations: Rates and Variability Prior to Low-risk Surgical Procedures.},
  author={Kyle Robert Kirkham and Duminda N Wijeysundera and Ciara Pendrith and Ryan Ng and Jack Ven Tu and Andrew S Boozary and Joshua D Tepper and Michael John Schull and Wendy S Levinson and R. Sacha Bhatia},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={124 4},
  pages={804-14}
}
BACKGROUND Increasing attention has been focused on low-value healthcare services. Through Choosing Wisely campaigns, routine laboratory testing before low-risk surgery has been discouraged in the absence of clinical indications. The authors investigated rates, determinants, and institutional variation in laboratory testing before low-risk procedures. METHODS Patients who underwent ophthalmologic surgeries or predefined low-risk surgeries in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2008, and March… CONTINUE READING
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