Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians, staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make the most of our resources.
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Our 10 medical programs are spread across eight hospital sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Rehab’s five sites, Toronto Western – as well as our education programs through the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Learn more about the services, programs and amenities offered at each location.
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Toronto General Hospital | Maps & DirectionsPeter Munk Building – 2nd FloorClinic Directions
Toronto Western Hospital | Maps & Directions Fell Pavilion – 2nd Floor
Toronto General switchboard: 416 340 4800
Toronto Western: 416 603 5757
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is made up of a team of nurses who have extensive training in critical care. Under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist, we care for all patients, following surgery and anesthesia.
Our team provides the following services to patients:
Monitoring vital signsSometimes, after surgery, patients will require medications to control changes in their vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, or respiratory rate. Patients will not be discharged from the PACU until their vital signs are stable.
Managing painPain management begins in the PACU. This may take the form of pills, injections or a "Pain Pump" (intravenous or epidural).
A Pain Pump is a form of Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), and gives patients a role in administering the medication.
Administering blood products and fluidsPatients who have lost blood during their surgery may be given blood products in the PACU.
Before patients are discharged home or to an inpatient unit, they will stay in the PACU until:
The length of stay in the PACU is different for each patient. It's based on the type of surgery and type of anesthetic involved.
When patients have long or very involved operations, or if they have pre-existing medical problems, we may decide to watch them in the PACU for a longer period of time, after their operation. These patients benefit from the more intensive care and monitoring provided in the PACU. The decision to remain in the PACU is made by the anesthesiologist or surgeon.
Visiting the PACU is restricted to 2 visitors at a time. Since the average stay in PACU is minimal, visitors are asked to wait in the surgical waiting room.