peri·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˌper-ē-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce perioperative (audio) , -pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of perioperative

: relating to, occurring in, or being the period around the time of a surgical operation perioperative morbidity perioperative nursing

Examples of perioperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hiltibidal was director of perioperative services at Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital in Stuart, Florida, since 2013., "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Dec. 27, 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 During their Monday, Nov. 4, meeting, the Bellaire City Council voted to fund a new EMS unit, heard a report on Evelyn’s Park, approved amendments recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission and recognized perioperative nurses. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire City Council OKs funding for new EMS unit," 6 Nov. 2019 Several perioperative nurses were on-hand to accept the recognition. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire council recognizes proclamations, moves forward on bond sale," 6 June 2019 Also proper perioperative nutrition and following doctor’s orders ... minimize any of these possibilities. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "More and more men are getting plastic surgery. A doctor explains why.," 12 Sep. 2018 This includes perioperative services, surgical clinics, surgical physician services organization, transplant, trauma, departmental multimedia team, division and departmental administration and departmental research. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Nora's Home welcomes new board members," 4 Apr. 2018 The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Dr. Steven L. Shafer, a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University, and the editor of a coming autobiography of Dr. Eger. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer," 20 Sep. 2017 Brill, 65, is a professor emeritus of clinical anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at UCLA. CBS News, "Child organ donor's death under investigation by Los Angeles police," 13 June 2017 Koliwad, who has been studying microglia for several years and also specializes in diabetes research, collaborated on the study with Dr. Mervyn Maze, professor of anesthesia and perioperative care at UCSF. Tracy Seipel, The Mercury News, "UCSF study: Temporary memory loss after surgery may be tied to brain’s immune cells," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of perioperative

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Perioperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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peri·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ -ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce perioperative (audio) \

Medical Definition of perioperative

: relating to, occurring in, or being the period around the time of a surgical operation perioperative morbidity

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