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

  title={Preoperative Laboratory Investigations: Rates and Variability Prior to Low-risk Surgical Procedures},
  author={K. Kirkham and D. Wijeysundera and C. Pendrith and R. Ng and J. Tu and Andrew S Boozary and J. Tepper and M. Schull and W. Levinson and R. Bhatia},
  • K. Kirkham, D. Wijeysundera, +7 authors R. Bhatia
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • 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 31… CONTINUE READING
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