Table 6
Issues to be addressed in relation to non-cardiac surgery*
*Decisions not to be made by junior surgical staff.
• Need for protection from endocarditis
• Anticoagulant control or indications to start
• Anticipation of special problems in relation to underlying haemodynamics
• Discussion of special risks with patient
• Special anaesthetic advice
• Monitoring/intensive care
• Filters for intravenous lines in cyanotic patients
• Prevention of venous thrombosis
• Care with fluid load and electrolytes
• Renal function—close observation, fluid charts
• Drug administration