Day-case surgery | Association of Anaesthetists

Day-case surgery


Day surgery is a continually evolving specialty performed in a range of ways across different units. In recent years, the complexity of procedures has increased with a wider range of patients now considered suitable for day surgery. Effective pre-operative preparation and protocol-driven, nurse-led discharge are fundamental to safe and effective day and short stay surgery.

These guidelines offer information and guidance on day care and short stay surgery, including:

  • The selection of patients for day surgery
  • Social, medical and surgical factors in day surgery;
  • Pre-operative preparation
  • Urgent cases
  • Management and staffing
  • Postoperative recovery and discharge