Perioperative medicine is an important and rapidly expanding area of interest across multiple specialties, including internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, and hospital medicine. A multi-specialty team approach that ensures best possible patient outcomes has fostered collaborative strategies across the continuum of patient care. It is difficult to keep current in this multidisciplinary field, as physicians interested in perioperative medicine would need to review multiple specialty journals on a regular basis. To facilitate this process, we performed a focused review of this literature published in 2012. In this update, we review 9 key articles that potentially impact clinical practice in various areas of perioperative medicine including preoperative testing, cardiovascular medicine, pulmonary care, anticoagulation, and medication management.
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