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Recovery and Discharge for Procedures Conducted Outside of the Operating Room 

Recovery and Discharge for Procedures Conducted Outside of the Operating Room
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Recovery and Discharge for Procedures Conducted Outside of the Operating Room
Author(s):

Hairil R. Abdullah

and Frances Chung

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0005
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter provides contemporary perspectives on the issues of recovery assessment and monitoring, as well as an overview of the criteria-related discharge following anesthesia outside the operating room. The need for appropriate monitoring in the recovery period is argued based on data from an outcomes and claims registry. Discharge scoring systems are also discussed together with pertinent postanesthesia issues that may delay discharge from the postanesthesia care unit, such as nausea and vomiting, significant pain, as well as the need for mandatory patient escort. The standards and guidelines mentioned in this chapter apply not only to the anesthesiologists, but also to other physicians who supervise the recovery of patients in different units.

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