Following the operation, the patient will recover from anesthesia in the PACU, where a PACU nurse will continually monitor him/her. The PACU nurse will frequently check blood pressure, respiration (breathing), and pulse as well as check dressings (bandages), regulate intravenous fluids (IVs), and begin pain medication as needed. When the patient is recovered from anesthesia, he/she will be moved to a hospital room or to the Surgical Day Care area. You will be notified of the patient’s discharge from the PACU at this time.
Average length of stay in the PACU is one to one-and-a-half hours for minor surgeries and up to three to four hours for major surgeries. If the patient stays longer than expected, do not be alarmed; a longer stay may be necessary to ensure that the patient receives the very best of care and is comfortable before being discharged.