Evaluating the Patient Before Anesthesia - The Physical Examination

Evaluating the Patient Before Anesthesia - The Physical Examination is a topic covered in the Clinical Anesthesia Procedures.

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The physical examination should be thorough, but focused. Special attention is directed toward evaluation of the airway, heart, lungs, and neurologic status. A detailed assessment of the block site is warranted when a regional anesthetic technique is planned. At a minimum, the physical examination should include the following:

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