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Name of Media:

Perioperative care in adults


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE

Publisher or Source:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE

Type of Media:

Medical Professional Education

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians,Former ICU Patients,Former ICU Patients' Family Members, Friends or Caregivers,General Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

COVID-19 Related:



This guideline covers care for adults (aged 18 and over) having elective or emergency surgery, including dental surgery. It covers all phases of perioperative care, from the time people are booked for surgery until they are discharged afterward. The guideline includes recommendations on preparing for surgery, keeping people safe during surgery and pain relief during recovery.
 The recommendations in this guideline were developed before the COVID-19 pandemic. See NICE’s COVID-19 rapid guideline on arranging planned care in hospitals and diagnostic services and NHS England’s operating framework for urgent and planned services in hospital settings during COVID-19 for guidance on minimising the risk from COVID-19.
This guideline includes recommendations on:

information and support for people having surgery
enhanced recovery programmes
preoperative care
intraoperative care
postoperative care
managing pain

Who is it for?

Healthcare professionals, including dentists, in primary, secondary and tertiary care
Commissioners, planners and service providers, including those in non-NHS organisations commissioned to provide services for the NHS or local authorities
Adults having elective or emergency surgery, their families and carers

Guideline development process
How we develop NICE guidelines
This guideline updates and replaces NICE medical technologies guidance 3 (published March 2011).

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