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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.
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You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.