A postanesthesia care unit pacu or an area which provides equivalent postanesthesia care for example a surgical intensive care unit shall be available to receive patients after anesthesia care all patients who receive anesthesia care shall be admitted to the pacu or its equivalent except by specific order of the anesthesiologist . A post anesthesia care unit often abbreviated pacu and sometimes referred to as post anesthesia recovery or par is a vital part of hospitals ambulatory care centers and other medical facilities it is an area normally attached to operating room suites designed to provide care for patients recovering from general anesthesia regional anesthesia or local anesthesia. 3 16 2012 1 post anesthesia care march 23 2012 have a basic comprehension of different anesthetic approaches understand common post anesthesia complications and treatments understand appropriate post anesthesia focused assessments understand the use of the aldrete score understand pacu discharge criteria be able to answer the question is the patient. Post anesthesia care unit after receiving anesthesia for a surgery or procedure a patient is sent to the pacu to recover and wake up the pacu is a critical care unit where the patients vital signs are closely observed pain management begins and fluids are given the nursing staff is skilled in recognizing and managing problems in patients
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