the role of the Perianaesthetic and Post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) nurse
Considerations of the role of the Perianaesthetic and Post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) nurse/Recovery Room nurse Intra and Post-Operative Patient Safety
It is important that those working in the perioperative setting have a consideration of the different environments of the perianaesthetic nurse and the recovery room/post-anaesthetic care (PACU) nurse in order to understand their role in the surgical team and their integration of care to the patient undergoing surgery.
Research and discuss the role of the perianaesthetic nurse in the intra-operative period using the categories below. Please relate the immediate patient care conducted by the recovery room/post-anaesthetic care (PACU) nurse in the post-operative period of the patient journey.
Include any care considerations related to the patient emerging from anaesthesia (primary, secondary and tertiary assessment; AVPU/pain scale) and the discharge from the PACU providing rationale as to the patient care required.