A thoroughly revised second edition providing the knowledge and evidence-base needed for the perioperative practitioner, clarifying the underlying principles needed for an understanding of anaesthetic, surgical, and recovery practice. This book defines the level of knowledge required for perioperative practitioners and provides a comprehensive reference to the principles and practice of modern operating department practice. Featuring a diverse range of topics, it offers a multidisciplinary overview of new techniques and technologies, changes in medico-legal requirements, changes to professional accountability, and requirements for continuous professional development. Twelve new chapters cover healthcare ethics and professional regulation, health and safety, infection prevention and control, basic patient monitoring, human factors, and perioperative care of the paediatric patient. Incorporating a new focus on the provision of evidence-based practice and holistic care in all areas of perioperative care, this invaluable book is essential reading for anyone working in this sector, in both education and practice.