Patient-Assessment in the Postanaesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

  • H. V. Schalk
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For most patients, recovery from anaesthesia is a smooth, uneventful emergence from an uncomplicated anaesthetic and operation. But due to increasing age and multimorbidity in surgical patients, responsibility not only for the anaesthetic regimen but also for comorbidity in the post-operative period must be taken by anaesthesiologists. Therefore, patient assessment during the premedication visit is the first step in planning post-anaesthesia care unit PACU treatment. The scope of work of the PACU includes complications similar to those encountered in intensive care units (ICU). Therefore, facilities and staff must be sufficient and competent to deal with emergencies. While the size of a PACU is determined by the surgical workload, intensity of nursing and needed, medical care depends on case mix and number of accessible ICU beds [1–3].


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Intensive Care Unit Treatment Postanesthesia Care Unit Anaesthetic Regimen Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism 
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