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Postanesthesia Care on the Day of Surgery 

Postanesthesia Care on the Day of Surgery
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Postanesthesia Care on the Day of Surgery
Author(s):

Lindsey Van Drunen

and Sanjay Dwarakanath

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190885885.003.0007
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date: 26 February 2020

This chapter presents key aspects to help those early in their anesthesia career to provide safe and efficient care to patients. It includes tips for safe transport of patients after surgery, effective hand-off reporting to the next level of care, and criteria to assess readiness of a patient to be discharged from the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). It also discusses common PACU complications such as pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting and approaches to treating them. Finally, it discusses PACU discharge instructions for patients after ambulatory surgery, with special attention paid for elderly patients or those with obstructive sleep apnea.

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