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Chapter 10 - Postanesthesia Care Unit

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2023

Alan David Kaye
Affiliation:
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Richard D. Urman
Affiliation:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
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Summary

The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) or recovery unit is the place where patients go to after leaving the operating room (OR) and before being discharged home or to the wards. Monitoring the patients for common complications is of utmost importance in the immediate postoperative period. This requires the presence of trained personnel and staff that can quickly identify common problems and treat the patient. Patients must have a return to baseline before discharged home. Emergency equipment and drugs should be readily available at all times.

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Print publication year: 2023

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