ON THE COVER:
The impact of an anesthesiologist-led preoperative evaluation clinic (PEC) on clinical outcomes is unclear. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Blitz and her colleagues compared the incidence of in-hospital postoperative mortality in patients who had been evaluated in their institution’s PEC before elective surgery to those patients who had elective surgery without being seen in the PEC. An in-person assessment at the PEC was associated with a reduction in in-hospital mortality. Cover image: ©Thinkstock.
Blitz et al.: Preoperative Evaluation Clinic Visit Is Associated with Decreased Risk of In-hospital Postoperative Mortality, p. 280