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Anaesthesia. 1987 Mar;42(3):305-6.

Concurrent drug therapy in patients undergoing surgery.


In a retrospective study of 57,176 patients and a prospective study of 216 patients undergoing surgery, 24-32% of patients were receiving some concurrent medication. Between 10 and 16% were taking drugs for cardiovascular disease. Of these, only 71% had their normal medication prescribed before surgery and only 41% received their drugs on the day of surgery.

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