In the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also called the Recovery Room, you will be given oxygen, and your vital signs (breaths, heart rate and blood pressure) will be monitored. The team will also focus on managing your pain so you will be comfortable when you begin rehabilitation. Once in the PACU, the person that accompanied you will be provided an update. To maintain patient privacy, as well as to reduce the risk of infection, PACU visits are limited. These visits will be facilitated through the Family Atrium patient liaisons. One visitor at a time will be allowed during visits. Cell phone use and picture taking is not permitted in the PACU.
When the anesthesiologist determines that you are sufficiently recovered, your vital signs are stable and pain is well managed after surgery, you will be transported to an inpatient unit. While most patients are transferred to inpatient units, some remain overnight in the PACU for additional monitoring and observation.