A hospital's policy may exclude "visitors" from the postanesthesia care unit
For example, a recent study shows that nerve blocks performed with infusion pumps after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction made patients more likely to bypass the postanesthesia care unit
and be discharged the same day.
Administering a B & O suppository while the patient was in the operating room was considered a way to lessen the patient's sense of urgency upon transfer from the Postanesthesia Care Unit
Nursing workload associated with adverse events in the postanesthesia care unit
After return of sufficient spontaneous ventilation (VT greater than 8 mL/ kg and respiratory rate greater than 12 breaths/min) and the gag reflex the endotracheal tube was removed and then transferred to the postanesthesia care unit
In the postanesthesia care unit
, patients were given morphine as needed for pain and ondansetron as needed for nausea and vomiting.
Supplies, use of the postanesthesia care unit
, and endoscope charges accounted for 89% of the direct hospital costs.
Chart reviews provided data on actual narcotic usage in the postanesthesia care unit
and 24 hours after surgery.
In addition, at 10 randomly selected hospitals, we sampled 100 percent of employees from HHUs: operating room (OR) (including postanesthesia care unit
[PACU]), intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department (ED), and intravenous chemotherapy administration unit.