Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
Print version ISSN 0004-2749
TALLO, Fernando Sabia; SORIANO, Eduardo Sone and ALVARENGA, Lênio Souza. Preoperative evaluation and cataract surgery. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2007, vol.70, n.4, pp. 633-637. ISSN 0004-2749. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-27492007000400014.
PURPOSE: Analysis of the relevance of preoperative evaluation to prevent adverse clinical events, pre- and postoperative, on cataract surgery. METHODS: The study includes 1254 patients submitted to cataract surgery at the Instituto da Catarata do Departamento de Oftalmologia da UNIFESP - EPM, in the period of Jan - Dec 2004. Data referring to the preoperative evaluation and adverse clinical events related to anesthesia/surgical procedure were retrospectively collected. RESULTS: Sixteen patients (1.2%) showed an adverse clinical event. Nine hundred thirty-six patients (74.6%) showed at least one altered examination. This factor, nevertheless, did not show any relation to the adverse clinical event (p=0.334). CONCLUSION: Concerning the studied series, the altered laboratory tests, electrocardiogram and/or thorax x-ray has no correlation with the adverse clinical events related to the anesthesia/surgical procedure.
Keywords : Cataract extraction; Attitude of health personnel; Preoperative care; Diagnostic tests; routine.