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  1. Ming Teh, Aline Hooi DNP, MN, RN
  2. Turner, Barbara S. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Tan, Siok Bee PhD, MN, RN
  4. Tham, Cheng Shi MBBS, MMed (Anesthesia)


The purpose of this project was to determine the effectiveness of an advanced practice nurse-led preoperative telephone assessment in reducing day-of-surgery cancellations of patients at an ambulatory surgery center. We concluded that a good history obtained by a trained and experienced advanced practice nurse or registered nurse can reduce day-of-surgery cancellations. Patients who were identified at high risk for preoperative complications during the telephone assessment were referred to the preoperative evaluation clinic for further evaluation.