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LHSC Patients,Families&Visitors Afteryourprocedureoroperation,youwillbetakentothePostAnesthesiaCareUnit (PACU)bytheoperatingroomteamandyouranesthesiologist.Shouldyourequiremore intenseobservation,youmaybetakentotheIntensiveCareUnitatUniversityHospital ortheCriticalCareTraumaUnitatVictoriaHospital.AdmissiontothePACUwould includepatientswhohadproceduresperformedundergeneralanesthesia,regional anesthesiaandmonitoredanestheticcare. ThegoalofthePostAnesthesiaCareUnitistoensurepatientsarecomfortablein termsofpainmanagementandcontrollingnausea. 1. DuringyourstayinthePACU,youwillbecloselymonitoredbyanursewhowill assessyourvitalsigns: Temperature Bloodpressure Heartrate Respiratoryrate Oxygenlevels 2. YourcomfortintermsofpaincontrolisaprimarygoalinPACU.(ManagingYour Painpamphlet).Youwillbeaskedtorateyourpaininordertoprovidethe registerednursewiththenecessaryinformationtotendtoyourneeds.Thepain scalewecommonlyuseisrated0(nopain)to10(worstpainimaginable).The nursewillensurethatyouaregivenproperpainmedicationorareprovidedwitha PatientControlAnalgesiaPump(PCA)foryourpaincontrol. 3. Avideoisavailabletoviewpriortoyoursurgeryandfurtherinstructionswillbe providedinPACU

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4. Thenursewillbemonitoringyoursurgicalsite,dressings,drainsandtubes.The nursewillalsomonitoryournauseaandyouwillbemedicatedaccordingly. 5. Incaseswhereorderedbyyourdoctor,youmayhavespecializedmonitoring equipment. 6. Youmayhaveanoxygenmask.Thiswillbechangedtoeitheroxygenthrougha tubeinyournose,ortosimplyroomair.Insomecasesyoumayrequirean alternateformofoxygen. 7. Youmayneedtohavetheheartmonitoron.Ifso,wireswillbeconnectedto yourchesttomonitoryourheartrateandrhythm. 8. Aprobemaybeplacedinyourarmpittomonitoryourtemperature.Ifyourbody temperatureislow,youwillbeplacedunderawarmingblanket. 9. YoucanexpecttobemonitoredinPACUforonehourormore.Whenready,you willbetransferredtoyourroominthehospitalortotheDaySurgeryUnitwhere youwillbepreparedfordischarge. 10. Wheneverpossible,thesurgeonoramemberoftheteamwillmeetwithyour familyorfriendsinthewaitingroomtodiscusstheoutcomesofyoursurgeryas wellasanychangestoyourcareaftersurgery. 11. Duetothemedicationsyouhavereceived,youmaynotrememberbeingin PACU. VisitorsinPACU 1. Asageneralrule,visitorsareNOTallowedinPACU. 2. Parentsand/orcaregiversofchildrenundergoingsurgerywillbeinvitedinto PACUatVictoriaHospitalbytheregisterednurse. 3. Undercertaincircumstanceswhenapatientrequiresspecialattentionand/or assistance,arrangementsmaybemadeforsomeonetostaywiththepatientin thePACU.Thiswouldincludeapatientwhohasadisabilityorwhorequiresa translator. 4. Duringweekdayhours,thevolunteerinthewaitingroomwillkeepfamilies updatedonthepatientsstatus. 5. ThephoneontheInformationDeskcanbeusedtocallintothePACUwhenthe volunteerisnotavailableorafterhours. 6. Pleasefollowotherguidelinesmandatedbythehospitalregarding: Scentfreeenvironment Smokingpolicy Cellphonepolicy Visitationpolicyrelativetothearea 7. Duetoacriticalbedshortage,delaysarepossibleforpatienttransfersto assignedbedsfromPACU.Thismayhaveanimpactonyourabilitytoseeyour lovedonesinatimelymanner.

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