Post Operative Care

Perioperative Services / Post Operative Care

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a team of registered nurses that provide comprehensive, compassionate, timely care for patients under going surgical intervention to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Patients are admitted directly to the PACU upon completion of surgery. They are connected to monitoring equipment designed to assist the critical care trained nurses in returning patients to their pre-surgery level of functioning. The nursing staff incorporates a high level of physical assessment with those skills necessary to achieve quality outcomes for each patient. Areas of concentration in PACU include the restoration of effective breathing patterns, pain control, stabilizing vital signs and formulation of a post-operative plan of care. PACU hours of operation are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Emergent or urgent PACU care is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Central Sterilization

The Central Sterilization Unit is comprised of a team of central sterile technicians, surgical technologists and trained staff that provides timely and accurate instrument sterilization services to promote optimal patient outcomes. Services provided but are not limited to: receiving, sorting, inventory, decontaminating, cleaning, examining and sterilizing instrumentation and other operative/invasive procedure items, assure that standards of practice are used as outlined by The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management, performing daily biological monitoring tests on all sterilizer equipment, ensuring items are dated, stored and rotated, and inspecting instrumentation and initiating repair/replacement. Staff are scheduled on staggered shifts to provide 24 hours a day and on call coverage.

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