Summary: Anemia is prevalent in the preoperative setting and should be treated. Perioperative anemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis and treatment of anemia and iron deficiency should commence early to improve patient readiness for surgery. Iron therapy choice should be based on patient’s iron status, tolerance of oral iron and timescale before surgery.
Iron Deficiency Anemia in the Surgical Patient
Recognition, Diagnosis and Management
Preoperative Management Algorithm