This guideline covers routine preoperative tests for people aged over 16 who are having elective surgery.
Routine preoperative tests for elective surgery aims to reduce unnecessary testing by advising which tests to offer people before minor, intermediate and major or complex surgery, taking into account specific comorbidities (cardiovascular, renal and respiratory conditions and diabetes and obesity). It does not cover pregnant women or people having cardiothoracic procedures or neurosurgery.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- pregnancy testing
- sickle cell testing
- HbA1c testing
- tests for people having minor surgery
- tests for people having intermediate surgery
- tests for people having major or complex surgery
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals
- People having elective surgery, their families and carers
O'Neill F, Carter E, Pink N, Smith I. Routine preoperative tests for elective surgery: summary of updated NICE guidance. BMJ. 2016; 354:i3292