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Use of postanesthesia care unit for purposes other than postanesthesia observation.

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Source
J Perianesth Nurs. 2007 Apr;22(2):102-7
Publication Type
Article
Date
Apr-2007
Author
Pekka Saastamoinen
Marleena Piispa
Minna M Niskanen
Author Affiliation
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kuopio University, Hospital, PO Box 1777, FIN-70210 Kuopio, Finland. pekka.saastamoinen@kuh.fi
Source
J Perianesth Nurs. 2007 Apr;22(2):102-7
Date
Apr-2007
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Finland
Hospital Units
Humans
Monitoring, Physiologic
Postanesthesia Nursing
Abstract
Postanesthesia care units (PACUs) were originally developed to care for patients who needed monitoring until they recovered from anesthesia. As new treatment options are developing, however, the role of PACU is changing and the scope of PACU nurses is expanding. We performed a study to find out the proportion of patients who were admitted to the PACU for reasons other than postoperative observation and care and analyzed the resources, observation, and interventions these patients required in PACU facilities. These patients were a heterogeneous patient population who required variable monitoring, care, and nursing activities and, therefore, considerably increased the workload of PACU nurses. A small proportion of these patients suffered from problems that further increased the demand for special care.
PubMed ID
17395077 View in PubMed
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