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Implementation of preoperative visiting for critical care patients

Preoperative visiting has been around for about 20 years, and involves the nurse responsible for a patient’s care in theatre visiting the patient on the ward before surgery takes place. These visits enable the nurse to assess the patient’s needs and to formulate a plan of care. The nurse can then communicate any relevant information to the theatre team before the patient arrives, thus raising standards of care (Tudor, 1992).

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