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Post-anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

 

Prolonged Stay in Post-anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

The post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) provides close monitoring and care to patients who have undergone procedures requiring the use of various types of anaesthesia. In PACU, specially trained nurses, supported by doctors, will closely track the vital signs of the patients, manage their pain, and assess their surgical site for possible issues such as excessive bleeding. Besides observing and monitoring, the PACU is the point where pain-relieving measures are continued from the operating room. Patients are educated on the use of Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) to self-manage their pain.

The prolonged stay in PACU (defined as > 2 hours) due to complications arising from anaesthesia and surgery is a surrogate measure of the quality of anaesthesia care given to our patients. KTPH has implemented initiatives to comfort patients by keeping them warm and administer medications for pain and nausea. Our average rate from January 2016 to June 2018 was 0.8%.

Prolonged Stay in PACU by Department of Anaesthesia, KTPH
Prolonged Stay in PACU by Department of Anaesthesia, KTPH


References:

1. Important Complications of Anaesthesia, by Dr Gurvinder Rull, 2014

2. Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit, The Ottawa Hospital, Canada, 2016.