Postanesthesia care recovery and management

  • Johnathan L. Pregler
  • Patricia A. Kapur


Anesthesia for ambulatory surgical patients is conducted in a variety of clinical settings. The specifics of each facility’s environment will determine the characteristics of the setting for postoperative care. Ambulatory patients may be fully integrated with inpatients in the main operating room of a full-service hospital, handled in segregated operating rooms within a hospital, or cared for in a separate hospital-affiliated or freestanding building. These arrangements affect patient selection, the type of surgery offered, and management of the recovery process. The following discussion will focus on generic aspects of postanesthesia care for the ambulatory patient which must be adapted for individual institutional circumstances.


Postoperative Pain Motion Sickness Postoperative Nausea Malignant Hyperthermia Ambulatory Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johnathan L. Pregler
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Kapur
    • 2
  1. 1.The David Geffen School of MedicineUCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology, The David Geffen School of MedicineUCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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