The Role of the Post-anesthesia Care Unit in the Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient

  • Michael K. Urban


The postoperative care unit at the Hospital for Special Surgery plays an important part in the overall perioperative care of the orthopedic patient. In order to optimize patient outcomes the postoperative care of orthopedic patients should focus on observation of organ function, monitoring of the resolution of anesthesia, resuscitation of blood loss and its consequences, and adequate pain management. In order to assure best possible outcomes, physicians caring for orthopedic patients need to be familiar with common perioperative complications in order to address them expediently. The model of postoperative care at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which allows for the adjustment of recovery room resources to care for problems encountered at various stages of the hospitalization, has proven efficient and successful. In this chapter we describe and discuss the various functions of the postoperative care unit and how we address the challenges encountered.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Total Knee Arthroplasties Special Surgery Postoperative Delirium Cardiac Risk Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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