Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
What to Expect - Recovery
- The length of the patient's stay in the recovery room (PACU) depends on many factors such as: procedure, patient's health status, and patient's response to anesthesia.
- Average recovery room times are 1- 1 1/2 hours. If a prolonged recovery is required, every effort will be made to keep your family informed.
- Patients in the recovery room are also monitored for heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation, and how well carbon dioxide is expelled by specially trained registered nurses.
- Patients in the recovery room are often given oxygen to assist in displacing anesthesia gases.
- Patients in the recovery room are asked to cough and deep breathe to keep lungs clear.
- Patients in the recovery room are asked to rate their pain on a scale of 0-10. A numeric rating assists surgeons and nurses evaluate how well a treatment plan is working and where adjustments may be needed.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your loved one's care during his or her stay, please contact the clinical coordinator by dialing 1003 from any hospital telephone. You may also contact the coordinator through any staff member of the admitting desk.