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.
What should I expect in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)?
You may be disoriented after a procedure. The recovery room nursing staff will work to alleviate anxiety and ensure your physical and emotional comfort. Post-anesthesia care includes taking your vital signs, such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature and blood oxygen levels. You will be monitored closely and continually assessed until the doctor or nurse determines that you are stable and ready to leave. The amount of time spent in the PACU will depend on the surgical or diagnostic procedure and the type of anesthesia used.
What should my family members do while I am in the PACU?
The PACU is a critical care area with many patients. To ensure the privacy of all patients, family members and friends should stay focused on their own loved one during a visit. Computers are available in the family waiting area to check on the progress of a loved one.