Post Anesthesia Care Unit | PACU
What is post anesthesia care?
The post anesthesia care unit (PACU) is a recovery room where patients who have had surgery or diagnostic procedures requiring anesthesia or sedation are monitored after surgery. This area allows patients to regain consciousness and fully emerge from the effects of anesthesia under the supervision of skilled nurses. The patient may be disoriented after a procedure. The recovery room nursing staff will work to alleviate anxiety and ensure physical and emotional comfort. Post-anesthesia care includes taking the patients vital signs, such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature and blood oxygen levels. Patients are monitored closely and continually assessed. The amount of time spent in the PACU will depend on the surgical or diagnostic procedure and the type of anesthesia used.
What to expect in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU):
While waiting for a loved one in the PACU, it is important to know what to do and what to expect. The PACU is a critical care area with many patients. To ensure the privacy of all patients, please stay focused on your family members during your visit. Computers are available in the family waiting area to check on the progress of a loved one.