Traditional models of assessing all patients by an anaesthetist face to face prior to surgery in many cases is unnecessary. It does not lead to better outcomes and may be inconvenient and expensive.

Appropriate triage of patients undergoing anaesthesia ensures appropriate investigation, assessment and optimisation.


To provide guidance on the selection of appropriate assessment methods for patients undergoing elective surgery in Queensland public hospitals. It provides guidance only and must be tailored to individual hospital requirements.

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Last updated: 6 December 2018