[ORNation Listserv] PACU Time
sharonlmorris at yahoo.com
Tue May 15 17:09:22 EDT 2012
Is there a minimum amount of time a patient is required to stay in PACU? Some facilities charge a flat rate for 30 minutes. If the patient is alert, and meets the discharge criteria, can they go back to SDS earlier than 30 minutes? Sometimes patients are fully awake, and Anesthesia will by pass PACU. However, if Anesthesia wants the patient to go to PACU, are they then required to stay the full 30 minutes?
Sharon L. Morris BSN, RN, CNOR
234 Segiah Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
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