Patient scores on anticipated pain, anxiety, and sensitivity to sound predicted levels of narcotic usage in the postanesthesia care unit
and at 24 hours post surgery, as well as degree of resting and evoked pain.
However, most anesthesiologists limit their practice to intraoperative care and immediate acute postoperative care in the postanesthesia care unit
Providing excellent postoperative patient care, including effective pain management, is a priority for surgical nurses," said Maureen Iacono, BSN, RN, CPAN, Nurse Manager, Postanesthesia Care Unit
Further validation of this technique is provided by Amar et al (4) in a study that included patients during mechanical ventilation in the intraoperative period (n = 100) and during spontaneous ventilation in the postanesthesia care unit
(n = 50).
Viewable data is determined by specific "view rights': Nursing stations can see information pertaining only to their units, while the ED and postanesthesia care unit
have whole institution views, she says.
Measurements were taken until discharge from the postanesthesia care unit