Effective communication is an important skill of any consultant. An effective preoperative consultation ensures the patient is as ready as they can be for surgery and promotes optimal perioperative care for the patient. This article describes what anesthesiologists want in a perioperative consultation note. In this article researchers surveyed physicians to learn what their preferences were for elements of an ideal inpatient medical consultation. Both give important insights into what elements should be contained in your perioperative medical consultation notes.
For those of you doing a general medicine consult at the VA please review What_Every_VA_Resident_Needs_to_Know_About_Consults_20150616 .