Post Anesthesia Care Unit | PACU

What is anesthesia?

During some surgical procedures, your doctor may give you medicine called anesthesia, which reduces or prevents pain. The three main types of anesthesia include:

  • Local anesthesia, which numbs one small area of the body.
  • Regional anesthesia, which blocks pain in an area of the body, such an arm or leg.
  • General anesthesia, which makes you unconscious. You do not feel any pain, and you do not remember the procedure afterwards.

What is post anesthesia care?

The post anesthesia care unit (PACU) is a critical care area where patients are monitored after surgery. T

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.

  • Patients receive appropriate post-operative care in a safe environment.
  • While recovering from anesthesia, a patient's post-operative condition is checked by the recovery room nursing staff.
  • 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.
  • Patients who have had surgery or diagnostic procedures requiring anesthesia or sedation are taken to the post-anesthesia care unit, or recovery room.

The amount of time a patient requires in post-anesthesia care 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 post-anesthesia care unit, it is important to know what to do and what to expect. The following is important information regarding the post-anesthesia care unit:

  • 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.

  • Each patient receives care from a registered nurse.

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