Fitness, function and, or, frailty are important determinants of the quality of the life that we live. In the context of major surgery it’s very important we recognize and work with individual patients improving and optimizing them and their ability to handle an operation. This piece is an essential deep dive into the subject, essential listening for anyone interested in the latest thinking on this crucial topic.

What are the limitations on your resources when considering a plan of preoperative evaluation?

This is part one of a two part piece. Each of the contributors comments upon talks which they gave at EBPOM 2020, all of which are now available as part of the TopMedTalk podcast. To ensure you are among the first to hear information of this kind please investigate www.ebpom.org for more details about how you can attend our online conferences.

Presented by Scarlett McNally, Deputy Director of The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Eastbourne DGH, UK and Monty Mythen, Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at University College London with questions from the online audience for their guests; Denny Levett, Professor in Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, Daniel Conway, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Group Lead for Perioperative Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK and Chair of the Manchester Perioperative Medicine Society, Jude Partridge, consultant geriatrician POPS, honorary senior lecturer, King’s College London, Chairs the British Geriatrics Society POPS SIG, Vicki Morton, Director of Clinical and Quality Outcomes at Providence Anesthesiology Associates, P.A